How to search your friends’ tweets

Overwhelmed by the randomness of your Twitter stream? Are there times you wish you could search within your Twitter stream? With a little setup, you can!

I was curious how many times the people I follow on twitter use the word “fun” in their tweets. You can search twitter for the word “fun”, but that search will look through ALL of Twitter. We want to search only the people you follow. Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t have an advanced search function to limit your search to only the people you follow.

But Twitter does have a search function that allows you to limit your search within a list. What you’ll need to do is add all your friends to one list. That might sound like a crazy task, but it’s possible. I follow 949 people with my @mattmaldre account, and I was able to add them to one list pretty easily using


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