Peoplebrowsr: How to search Twitter bio profiles


Ever wondered how to search the Bio fields for someone in Twitter? How to search Twitter profiles? Peoplebrowsr Opens in a new tab.is the only surefire way I’ve found. I think there are some directories, but first, people have to know about them, and two, register.

Go to Peoplebrowsr and log in using your Peoplebrowsr account, or Twitter account or any other account. Then


  1. Type in World of Warcraft, your bank, social media guru whatever. Hit the OPTIONS button, not the magnifying glass
  2. a subwindow will be created – something like what you see in Tweetgrid and others.
  3. click on the name – in my case @dhollinger – it’s kinda greyed out on my monitor but it might be alright on yours.
  4. Popup window, make sure Profile (top left) is active and you will see where your keyword appeared in their profile.
  5. Be careful. I had “hate Real Estate” for a while, just to see the bots auto-joining me looking for “real estate” in profiles. Heh. Nothing to do with Peoplebrowsr search though.

Did this help? I mean, I’ve always wanted to find people in particular industries or at companies or whatevs, but maybe you don’t use Twitter that way?  By the way Peoplebrowsr does lots of other cool things. You might like to see how it aggregates accounts of friends for example, merging the friend element of some social networks with the stranger element of online communities. Interesting proposition.

Disclaimer: in the far distant past I worked a little with the Peoplebrowsr Opens in a new tab.team. But I happen to genuinely think being able to search Twitter bios is cool, and haven’t found another way of doing it except maybe directories like Twellow.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

15 thoughts on “Peoplebrowsr: How to search Twitter bio profiles

  1. Thanks Laurel for this great post.

    We’re so happy that you like the ‘Bio Search’ feature.
    You keep inspiring us!

    We opened our Alpha to improve PeopleBrowsr with the help of all twitter users and we are delighted that we did this.
    The Twitterverse is shaping the application. We call it ‘social developing’ and we are amazed 🙂

    Thanks again for your great support and enthusiasm and for pointing out such a cool feature.

    All the best,

    PS: Looove the new style of your blog.

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  3. For people that might be interested in just a simple bio search without all the bells and whistles of Peoplebrowsr, I’ve created http://tweepsearch.com – one key feature is that you can also use TweepSearch to search the bios of just those people following you or people that you follow.

    Pretty useful if you’re looking for that person following you that does x. 🙂

    Damon (@dacort)

    Damon’s last blog post..10 Crazy Favoriting Twitter Users

    1. damon, you are one awesome dude on Twitter – I love your other stuff too 😉 Thanks for this. Cheers @silkcharm

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