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How do you find someone on Twitter? The best methods!

. 9 min read

Ah, Twitter... The land of hashtags, news, NFT influencers, and many bots (especially under you-know-who), all documented in 280 characters. And what if you're on a quest to find someone specific on Twitter? Yeah, I know. Sometimes it's like finding a needle in a haystack due to the sheer volume of users.

But fear not, as this guide is your compass, ready to navigate the Twitterverse and help you find someone on Twitter by using various methods, including the use of Circleboom.

Searching for a Twitter account

You're probably aware that there is a built-in search function that allows you to find people on Twitter by their handles. Just use the search bar at the top of the Twitter homepage. Simple, isn't it? This is a straightforward method if you know the person’s username. And it can also be used in an advanced fashion.

How do you search for someone on Twitter?

But here's where it gets fancy: You can use Twitter's advanced search as it will allow you to filter accounts and tweets by different variables, including keywords, hashtags, dates, and many more. You can check Twitter's related page for more info.

You can proceed with search operators, too, as they will do a similar job with the filters, even with more options. One thing about these operators, however, is that they are a bit hard to memorize. So you may find yourself checking them back and forward every time you need to use them.

How can you find someone on Twitter without a username?

Please note: Respect others’ privacy when using these methods. Do not use this information for malicious purposes. Always adhere to Twitter’s terms of service and respect the privacy settings and wishes of other users.

What if you don’t know a person's Twitter username and want to find him/her? Well, searching for their real name may bring up some results, as Twitter’s search function will show you all accounts associated with that name.

As stated above, you can also use Twitter's ‘advanced search’ function or search operators to narrow down the results by including additional details such as keywords, language, location, and whether you’re looking for a person or a business account.

And there will always be third-party search tools to work with.

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But other than these, there are also a few more methods:

  1. You can use Circleboom as one of the third-party tools, just like mentioned above, since its search features allow for many filters.
  2. You can find friends on Twitter by phone number.
  3. You can find a Twitter account by email.
  4. You can go through their other social media accounts, like Instagram, to find their Twitter account.

Let's dig deeper.

How do you find someone on Twitter (X) with Circleboom?

Discovering a Twitter account that you are searching for amidst the vast expanse of the platform is made quite easy by Circleboom, as allowing you to pinpoint the accounts by searching based on

  • tweets,
  • bios,
  • profiles,
  • location, and many more.
  • So if you know anything about the person you're searching the Twitter account, like his/her interests, friends, etc., you can use Circleboom to find that person on Twitter (X).

Here's how to find a Twitter account via Circleboom:

Step #1: After signing into Circleboom and connecting your Twitter account, you may continue by clicking on the "Account Search" under the "Search" tab from the left menu.

Don't worry if you don't have a Circleboom account yet. You can register in no time.

Step #2: On the next screen, you can find someone on Twitter based on any account's followers and friends.

This will come in handy, especially if you know or at least guess the followers or followings of the person you are looking for.

You can apply many filters to increase the chances of finding the specific account you are looking for.

Once the accounts are listed, you can see

  • their follower and following numbers,
  • tweet counts,
  • join dates and
  • activity levels.

You can also choose to add them to your Twitter lists or export them into CSV.

Step #3: You can also use the "Smart Search" to find Twitter accounts based on keywords and hashtags.

Is the person you are looking for hanging around in NFT spaces? Then type NFT, for example.

You can again, apply the same filters as the account search. Or choose to export them or add them to your Twitter lists once you have the accounts before you.

Have a common friend with the person you're looking for? Then search for that person's followers or friends. Looking for an unpopular person? Then use the follower count filter. Not really a social media enthusiast? Tweet count or activity level filters would help. With many different options at hand offered by Circleboom, it's all down to your imagination.

On top of all these, there are numerous other features of Circleboom that are worth taking note of.

How can you find someone on Twitter by phone number?

For those wondering, "Can I find someone's Twitter by phone number?" or "Can you find someone on Twitter by phone number?" the answer is yes. Of course, assuming that the person has linked their phone number with their Twitter account and has permitted others to find their Twitter.

The feature to find friends on Twitter by phone number is intended to help users connect with people they know. So the ability to find someone's Twitter with their phone number depends on their privacy settings. If they've allowed discoverability by phone number, then you can find someone on Twitter by phone number. However, if they haven't, then you won't be able to search for a Twitter user by phone number.

Here's how to find someone's Twitter by phone number:

  1. Save the Person's Phone Number: First, ensure that you have saved the person's phone number in the contacts on your phone.
  2. Open Twitter App: Open the Twitter app on your smartphone.
  3. Access your Profile or Settings: Tap on your profile icon or the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) to access the menu. This might vary slightly depending on whether you are using an Android or iOS device.
  4. Find Friends from Contacts: Look for an option that says something like "Find friends", "Sync contacts", or "Contacts", and tap on it. Again, it varies depending on the device.
  5. Enable Contact Access: If you haven’t already, you’ll need to allow Twitter to access your contacts. Follow the prompts to allow this.
  6. Sync Contacts: After allowing access, you should have the option to sync your contacts. This will upload your contacts to Twitter’s servers, and it will find accounts that have associated their phone number (or email) with their Twitter account.
  7. Review Suggestions: After syncing, you should see a list of suggestions for people to follow based on your contacts. If the person you are looking for has their phone number linked to their Twitter account and has allowed others to find them using their phone number, their account should appear in this list.

Please be aware of privacy considerations when using this feature. Uploading your contacts to Twitter will share that information with Twitter, so be sure to review and understand Twitter’s privacy policy and terms of service.

How can you find someone on Twitter (X) by email?

Due to privacy reasons, Twitter does not allow you to directly search for someone's Twitter account using their email address, as it would with phone numbers in your contact list. But finding someone on Twitter by their email address is actually very similar in concept to finding them by phone number.

Again, the person whose account you're trying to find would need to have a Twitter account with that email address and have the option enabled to be discoverable by email. If they have allowed their Twitter to be found by email, then you can potentially find Twitter users by email.

To find a Twitter account by email or to find someone on Twitter by email, you'll need to sync your email contacts with Twitter. It's under the same settings tab with the phone number approach. And then you'll be seeing each other under suggested accounts to follow.

Find someone on Twitter by location

Yes, you can search Twitter by location. But, you need Circleboom! You can unlock the potential of geographical insights on Twitter using Circleboom's Twitter Location Finder.' Effortlessly pinpoint and engage with audiences in distinct areas, leveraging focused interaction to amplify your presence on Twitter. Navigate through various territories, discover prevailing trends, and establish significant connections with ease.

Tweet Location

How to find someone’s Twitter from Instagram!

Some people use the same usernames for their Instagram and Twitter accounts. And this may also be true for the person you're looking for. So you can simply search for their Instagram username on Twitter or on search engines to see if they also have a Twitter account with the same username.

Or if someone has linked their Twitter account to their Instagram account, you can find their Twitter username in their Instagram bio. Click on the Twitter icon in their Instagram bio to be redirected to their Twitter account. This is a handy method if the person is more active or well-known on Instagram. This method also applies to other social media platforms, as people may add their Twitter handles or profiles to their profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Pinterest.

If you're also active on all these platforms, you may want to take a look at Circleboom's AI-powered social media management tool: Circleboom Publish. It simplifies and unifies the account management process within a single dashboard with many functions.

Circleboom Publish

Circleboom supports Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Business Profile, and TikTok (soon).


Bonus Questions

#1 Why can't people find me on Twitter?

This is from Quora. If you have this problem and people can't find you on Twitter, you are probably shadowbanned.

Although Twitter denies it, there is this reality! the Twitter algorithm considers your behaviors and concludes that your content might be harmful or sensitive! They don't have the necessary proof to ban you completely, so you are shadowban! Your content is limited in visibility deliberately.

If you think you are shadowbanned, you can check your status and find out if you are shadowbanned with Circleboom!

#2 How do you find a deleted Twitter account?

Finding a deleted Twitter account can be tricky. Twitter does not officially support this. However, you can try using a web archive service to view a cached version of their Twitter page. Please note that this method may not always work and does not guarantee you’ll find the deleted account.

You can see that these web archive services, like Wayback Machine, store your old tweets, retweets, likes, and all other Twitter data. So, if you need to leave the Twitter world completely, you'd better know how to delete your Twitter archive from Wayback Machine.

#3 Why can’t I find someone's @ on Twitter?

If you need help locating someone's @username on Twitter, first ensure the accuracy of the username's spelling, as Twitter handles require precise spelling, though they aren't case-sensitive. If the direct username search fails, attempt using the individual's full name instead, as profiles often include real names, improving searchability. Additionally, you might find the user in your 'Following' or 'Followers' lists if you've previously interacted. Alternatively, leveraging Google search can sometimes yield better results; type the person's name followed by "Twitter."

It's also possible that the account you're looking for has been deactivated or suspended, or the user has changed their @handle, affecting their visibility on the platform. Consider the role of privacy settings; private accounts are less visible, especially if you're not an approved follower. For a comprehensive search, try using the Twitter app and a web browser, as performance may vary across platforms. Remember, if all methods fail, the user may have blocked you, or their account may no longer exist.


Finding someone on Twitter can be done in several ways. Whether you’re searching by name, email, or phone number, or even trying to find someone’s account from Instagram, there’s a method that will work for you. But to me, Circleboom offers some of the easiest ways to find someone on Twitter.

Fatih Kemal Oksuzoglu

Passionate about the latest trends and developments in the digital world, all the way from social media marketing to cybersecurity, and enjoys sharing his insights and tips.

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