I had an issue a few days ago where I was looking for a Twitter conversation that I’d had with a friend about 2-3 months ago. The only problem was that I had no way to find it because Twitter Search only goes back 10 days, and I wasn’t about to go through pages and pages of @mentions/@replies. That’s where Snap Bird came to the rescue. It’s a service that lets you search beyond the 10-day limit plus lets you search within only your friends’ tweets, within your DMs and within any user’s favorites.
It’s really easy to do a search – as it should be. After you authenticate your Twitter account via OAuth, you can use the search box at the top left of the page to find what you’re looking for. Depending on what you choose from the search drop-down menu, the labels for the two text boxes below that will change.
Results are shown in chronological order with a few statistics on the side. You can see how many tweets Snap Bird has matched out of the total number of tweets that Snap Bird has search. You can also see what the date the search goes back to, and even get a permalink so that you can save it and easily return to the search again.
Of course, if someone’s Twitter timeline is private, then Snap Bird will not be able to find any tweets from them. You can however see your tweets to that person.
There’s no telling how far you can go back. I kept searching through more and more tweets, and Snap Bird did not give out on me until it couldn’t find anymore tweets that matched the query! The only downside is that you can’t use Snap Bird to search the public Twitter timeline; so you’ll have to use Twitter Search for that and go back and forth between the two.
I’ll admit, there’s not much to the site, but it does get the job done. It’s nice to be able to look back a few months or even a years ago to see what was said.