How to Find Tweets by Nearby or Current Location — Twitter is where some of the world’s most powerful influencers share their thoughts. But how do you find tweets from a specific location in this flurry of global messages?
This comprehensive guide will show you how to search Twitter by location to find tweets from any specific location. Before we begin, you should understand how to create an account and enable your location. Then, we’ll show you how to conduct basic and advanced searches on both desktop and mobile.
Get an Account and Enable Location
You can use Twitter without a Twitter account, including search and advanced search. However, if you have an account and have enabled location information, searching by location is preferable.
To enable Location on your smartphone, follow these steps:
- Start the Twitter app.
- In the top-left corner, tap your profile picture.
- Scroll down to the bottom left and tap Settings and privacy.
- Scroll down to the section Data sharing and off-Twitter activity and select Location information.
- Tap Precise location, then turn green the toggle bar on the next window.
To enable Location on the desktop, follow these steps:
- Connect to Twitter using your laptop or computer.
- To the left of the Home page, select More.
- Now, select Settings and privacy, followed by Privacy and safety.
- Scroll down and click on Location information under Data sharing and off-Twitter activity.
- Check the box next to Add location information to your tweets to enable location.
How to Search Tweets From People Near You
Finding tweets sent by people near your location is the simplest place-based search. Even if you don’t have location enabled in settings, Twitter uses your device’s IP address (which includes the current or nearest major city) to determine your current location.
To use your smartphone to search Twitter for tweets near you:
- On your device, open the Twitter app.
- At the bottom of the screen, tap the magnifying glass icon.
- In the search bar at the top of the screen, type your search query.
- To the right of the search bar, tap the settings icon.
- Tap Near you in the Location section.
- A pop-up window will appear asking if you want Twitter to use your precise location. Tap Next to authorize Twitter to use your precise location.
To search Twitter for tweets close to you on your Desktop:
- Visit twitter.com.
- Enter what you want to search for in the top right-hand corner’s Search bar, then press Enter.
- Go to the top right and select Search filters, then check the circle to the right of Near you, under Location.
That’s the end of it. Twitter will now show you search results for tweets sent from nearby locations.
You can sort these tweets by top, latest, famous people, and tweets with photos or videos.
You can also apply multiple filters, such as showing only tweets from people you follow or tweets written in a specific language.
You should be able to get tweets from any location by using the tips and tricks listed above. It’s also preferable to use these on the official Twitter app or website. While there are a few apps available for deep Twitter searches, and new ones emerge regularly, we do not recommend using third-party apps.
This is due to Twitter’s history of crippling third-party apps through various means. All apps lack advanced search, which is just one of the features you lose when using a third-party Twitter client. Instead, use the official app and the above-mentioned tricks to search for Twitter results by location.