Once upon a time, someone tweeted you using @[your username]. Maybe you didn’t think about it too much at the time, but for whatever reason, you now want to find the tweet. Not so difficult if it happened yesterday or you only receive infrequently on Twitter. The case may be different if it was a while ago and you can’t remember exactly when it was or who tweeted you.
Here are the four methods you can try to find a tweet:
1. On the top left of your Twitter screen you will see ‘Home, Connect, Discover’. Click connect. This is a list of all the people who have followed, mentioned, ‘favourited’ or retweeted your tweets. If you know the date that you were mentioned in that specific tweet then scroll down the page until you reach that tweet. It should be there.
2. If the person sending the tweet has deleted it from their own Twitter profile then unfortunately it will no longer show up on your ‘connect’ tab. If this is the case, do you get Twitter email notifications sent to you? If so, run a search in your mail programme for your username. If you don’t get Twitter emails it may be worth setting them up and getting them to go in a specific folder so they don’t clog up your inbox. This way if someone @mentions you and then deletes it, you’ll still have the evidence!
3. A third way to find a tweet from someone is to type your username into the search bar on Twitter. This will bring up the most recent times that @[your username] has been used, including tweets from others and your own ones. Make sure the search is for ‘tweets’ and not ‘people’, which you can change using the option on the left-hand side.
4. Finally, have a look on their profile – the person who @mentioned you in the tweet. Try to remember the date it was sent and scroll down to that date. It’s worth remembering that Twitter generally can only retrieve the most recent 3,200 tweets per person, so if it was more than 3,200 tweets ago then it may be gone forever.
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