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We all know that Twitter can be an extremely helpful tool for newsgathering, but journalists are often guilty of not optimising use of its search operators.

This comprehensive guide from First Draft News explains that although TweetDeck can be a powerful tool to monitor newsworthy activity on Twitter, search operators allow you to create searches in Twitter that actually can’t be done by just using TweetDeck.

The guide explains how to filter your searches by a range of factors, such as the number of retweets or favourites, geographic location or language you are looking for.

There are countless search combinations which are demonstrated in this article, along with an explanation as to the pros and cons of each search filter.

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