Hootsuite Tip: Save Searches, Hashtags, and More in your Hootsuite Dashboard #Hoottip

By Ariana Biagi | 9 months ago | No Comments

When your customers talk about your business online, you want to be an active participant in those conversations. Keeping track of conversations related to your business will give you valuable insights into what your customers think, while allowing you to engage, answer questions, and build relationships.

With the ability to do a Quick Search in Hootsuite, you can quickly and easily search for and filter social messages for topics, trends, and hashtags and geographical locations and save the results as continuously updating streams within Hootsuite.

Take our #Hoottip hashtag as an example. If we want to monitor how many times this hashtag is shared or mentioned on social media, we can create a “#Hoottip” search stream and save it in our Hootsuite dashboard.

Bonus: To learn more about hashtags, check our blog post on the do’s and don’ts of how to use hashtags.

Hootsuite dashboard Quick search streams

Similarly, assigning a specific hashtag to your campaign will allow you to monitor every mention of your initiative. Or, if you would simply like to monitor mentions of your business, try creating a search stream of your company name.

“The biggest problem we faced was the ability to capture every single Tweet discussing our brand. Hootsuite allows us to set up lists and streams to ensure a speedy response on Twitter.” – Youri Hollier, Social Media Manager, DAVIDsTEA

Perform a Quick Search

HootTip - Quick Search

  1. To perform a Quick Search, select the magnifying glass icon in the upper-right corner of your Hootsuite dashboard.
  2. From the drop-down menu within the Quick Search column’s search bar, choose to either Search Twitter or Search Facebook.
  3. Next, enter what you would like to search for in the search bar and press “ENTER” on your keyboard.
  4. The Quick Search column will now be filled with Tweets or Facebook posts containing the topic or discussion word you searched.

Save a Quick Search

  • To save your Quick Search as a stream in your Hootsuite dashboard, select “Save as Stream.” From within the “Select a network” pop-up, save the stream to your chosen social profile tab.

HootTip - Save a Quick Search

Bonus: Check out this Hootsuite Tip to learn how to perform a Twitter search alongside your Google search using Hootlet, Hootsuite’s free Chrome extension.

Bonus! Search for Twitter Users

  1. Quickly search for specific Twitter users by username. Start by selecting the magnifying glass icon in the upper-right corner of your Hootsuite dashboard.
  2. From the drop-down menu within the search bar, choose “Find Twitter Users.” Enter the username associated with the profile you would like to search and hit “Enter” on your keyboard.

HootTip Quick Search Account

Note: Twitter User searches are not available to be saved as streams within the Hootsuite dashboard.

To learn more about monitoring social media, download our Customer and Competitive Intelligence guide now.

Keep an eye out for a new Hootsuite Tips – they’re full of product strategy so that you, your friends and your followers will be social media experts in no time.

Edda 5pts

Hi! Is it possible to sort the stream by top tweets / all tweets? It seems that the stream shows all tweets with the hashtag in question, which makes it harder to see top tweets. I still feel the need to log onto twitter to search the same hashtag, to make sure that I catch the most popular tweets. I've looked at the Stream Preferences, but I couldn't find an option to see top tweets. 

Thank you!

Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts

@Edda Hi Edda! 

Thank you for reaching out to the Hootsuite Team via our Blog. My name is Gary and I'd be happy to clarify further. 

Upon further testing, I can confirm that the Twitter Search API is not a complete index of all Tweets, but instead an index of recent Tweets. At the moment that index includes between 6-9 days of Tweets.

While it is not possible to filter by Top Tweets, you can filter the Search Stream via Klout Score by clicking on the magnifying glass in the Search Stream header. This will allow you to filter by a specific Klout Score. 

I hope this helps to clarify! 

Thanks again for reaching out to us. If we can assist further with any questions, please reach out to us on Twitter, @Hootsuite_help or via Private Message on our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/hootsuite

Kind regards, 

Gary | @HootSuite_Help | HootSuite Help Desk - http://ow.ly/dBnBz

CindyDVasquez 5pts


Is it possible to see responses that are out of the Hootsuite timeframe (older than 7 days old).


Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts


Thanks for your post!

Regrettably, the search results are collected directly from Twitter, and since this information may not be necessarily stored there we're unable to guarantee this.

I'm terribly sorry for any inconvenience. If there's anything else I can assist you with, please get in touch with us at @Hootsuite_help.

Mika | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

Helene 5pts


Is it possible to search for 2 hasthags at the same time? (So I want all tweets with both hashtags)

Thank you for your answer !

Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts

@Helene Hello!

Yes, you can search for two hashtags at the same time.  To do this, create a Twitter search stream with the two hashtags you'd like to see.  How to create a Twitter search stream > https://help.hootsuite.com/hc/en-us/articles/204585760#6

If you have more questions please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @Hootsuite_Help or via chat at hootsuite.com/help !

Kind regards, Taavi W. | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help