Free Tools to Archive Twitter Search results

Twitter has managed to create a whole new way of generating search results. Thanks to their unique algorithm, which provides a live updating system for all searches, it is a major reason for the popularity of the social networking site among professional users.

You can search for content based on keyword, users, links and more. But there is a time limit on how long an item will remain within the results on their standard search system. This presents a problem if you want to find something that is older, and no longer useable as a general keyword.

If you are someone who has reason to regularly look up tweets, or you would just like the option, it is best to create an archive.

What Is a Twitter Search Archive?

Archiving Twitter Search Results

This is a way of “backing up” past tweets, so that they can be seen later. When you run a search, you immediately go through the simple backlog that Twitter keeps themselves. But the time period is limited on what they allow to remain within their own searches, due to the high demand created by live result generating.

You might be wondering why it would be important to set up a Twitter archive. Well, social media has plenty of surprising uses. The main reason is to keep relevant searches and information at hand. For example, to regularly check up on competing brands or accounts, to monitor mentions of your own and to track any updates in an industry that you might be a part of.

Using Google as a Twitter Archive

There are two ways that you can utilize Google for this purpose: Google Docs and Google Reader. Both are easy to set up and maintain, and most people have Google accounts already. With the Internet giant recently syncing all of their services through a each account as single service, it makes it easier than ever to use these for Twitter archiving.

Google Reader

This is your easiest option. Basically, you put in any search and run it as normal through Twitter. Then you go to the Google Reader icon and set up an RSS feed for the search results. This will update regularly like any RSS feed will. It will also archive the results, making it simple to look through them.

Google Docs

To use Google Docs, it will be a little more complicated. First, you have to set up Twitter Archive.

  1. Copy the spreadsheet, so that you see the two different sections: Tags and Tags Advanced.
  2. In the copied spreadsheet, go to your scripts manager and select “setup script”. This will authenticate the content.
  3. From now on, you should be able to go to Settings in the first tab menu and put in your search keywords.
  4. Select Tags > Run Now.

Now that you have done this, it will run a search that archives in the spreadsheet, with the last 1,500 results that you can save or edit like any Google Document. Pretty cool, huh?

Other Tools for Twitter Search Archives


HootSuite used to be a separate program from TwapperKeeper, which is the archiving and search tool. But now it has been fully integrated into the dashboard app, which is a major plus if you want an all-in-one program instead of several for your tweet organization.


What are some of your favorite ways of archiving search results on Twitter? If you have an app you use, let us know in the comments.

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1 Comment

  1. Natascha Thomson says: -


    thanks for this great blog. Just realized that The Archivist is also only for pay now.

    Could you help me with the Google Reader set up? How do I turn the Twitter search into an RSS feed? I don’t see that option.



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