Use: find historical tweets to add context to or background for a news story
Snapbird is a free tool that allows you to search your own tweets or other users’ timelines for specific information. In addition, you can search yours or other users’ favorites, tweets, mentions, direct messages you’ve sent and direct messages you’ve received. Select the search function, type in a Twitter username and a keyword, and Snapbird will list all messages that contain that keyword.
Previously, I wrote about Topsy, another Twitter search engine that allows you to search Twitter history by tweets, links, photos, videos and influencers. But, unlike Snapbird, it does not allow you to search by specific Twitter user.