Three Advanced Twitter Tips To Connect You With Apartment Hunters

By | October 21, 2011
Friday October 21st, 2011 – Contributed by Sarah Gabot

When you have a vacant unit, sometimes it’s hard to figure out where to start looking for tenants. Especially when you don’t have any leads. Twitter can be a great tool for you to start looking for renters to fill in your rental property.

We know we’ve talked about Twitter to find tenants before, but this article is different. We will be highlighting the strength of Twitter’s advanced search and how to use it.

You can enter basic searches in the search bar at the top of your Twitter homepage. Twitter search can be tricky, especially when there’s a bunch of search terms that an look like a foreign language at times. Fortunately, there’s Twitter’s advanced search that will narrow down your search for you. However, Twitter also offers a more advanced search that will help you tailor your search so that you can get more accurate results. You can find Twitter’s advanced search function here.

Tip #1: Match specific words

Under the “Words” headline, you can gear your search to match phrases or words. You can also type in keywords into the “All these words” search bar such as “apartment” or “move”. These are great terms to include in this search because there aren’t many other words people can use to describe their desire to look for a rental property.

Tip #2: Search common phrases

“This exact phrase” search is a way to find people that tweeted the exact words you specify. Twitter does not shuffle your words around and find variations of the phrase, so use this function carefully. For this search function, type in commonly used phrases like “looking for an apartment” to find people that tweeted those exact words, in that order.

Tip #3: Hone in on location

At the bottom of the Advanced Twitter Search screen is the “Places” section. This is the key to your success in finding local rental hunters. Type in the zip code in “Near this place”, and specify the radius of tweets you want receive relative to the zip code.  This advanced search feature is extremely valuable because it will help you weed out all other tweets and keep your searches local and relevant.