Tweetdeck, the popular app for Twitter, offers a very useful search feature that helps you discover the more popular (viral) tweets for any search term very easily. While setting up a search column inside Tweetdeck (see screenshot), you can define an “engagement level” so that tweets that have been retweeted or favorited at least ‘n’ times only show up in the search results.
The engagement filter surfaces the best tweets and removes the noise from Twitter search results but the most surprising part is that Twitter has not made this filter available outside Tweetdeck. You don’t even have it inside the official Twitter app.
Well, here’s the trick. You can actually filter tweets by engagement level on the Twitter website or inside any Twitter app using an undocumented search operator that Twitter doesn’t want us to know about.
Go to the Twitter search box, type any search term and append the operator min_retweets:[number] or min_faves:[number] to filter your search results. For instance, here’s a sample search that will only shows tweets pointing to the labnol.org domain that have been favorited or retweeted at least 5 times.
Twitter Search Operators
Here are list of Twitter search operators that can help you perform more accurate searches on Twitter:
Nike min_retweets:5 OR min_faves:5
Tweets containing the brand ‘Nike’ that have been retweeted or favorited by at least 5 Twitter users.
iPhone near:NY within:10mi
Tweets sent by users within the 10 mile radius of New York containing the term iPhone.
YouTube good OR amazing OR awesome filter:links
Find all tweets containing YouTube videos (links) that are described as awesome or amazing.
Show images for a particular hashtag
Barack Obama filter:news
Show only tweets that are of news type containing a particular search term.
from:john to:peter -RT
Show all tweets from user John that @mention user Peter but exclude Retweets.