Boolean search is a powerful way to get the most relevant information. First, it’s important to understand one element of basic query syntax:
Quotes (“”) - for important phrases with multiple words like “artificial intelligence” use quotation marks. Without quotation marks Netvibes will search for “artificial” and “intelligence”.
Next, it’s important to understand the Boolean Search operators. (Operators must be capitalized)
OR - If you want to monitor articles that mention either one word or another use the OR operator
AND - If you want to monitor articles that mention two words or phrases use the AND operator:
e.g. If you want all the articles that mention both the phrase “artificial intelligence” and the word robots you would write: “artificial intelligence” AND robots
NOT - If you want to exclude articles that mention certain words the NOT operator is very useful:
e.g. If you wanted all the articles that mention Gatorade without mentioning its competitor “Vitamin Water” you would write: Gatorade NOT “Vitamin Water”
Parentheses (()) - Parentheses are a crucial part of a succinct and effective search.
e.g. If you want all that mention “Bill Clinton” and “George Bush” or “Barack Obama” and “George Bush” you can write it in two ways
Without Parentheses - “Bill Clinton” AND “George Bush” OR “Barack Obama” AND “George Bush”
With Parentheses - (“Bill Clinton” OR “Barack Obama”) AND “George Bush”
After you understand basic query syntax, boolean search and how they work together the final piece of the puzzle is Netvibes’ Universal Search filters. Many of these are included in a dropdown automatically when you click in the Universal Search bar. The following are all the supported Universal Search filters:
title: - If you want all the articles that have a certain word or phrase in the title
e.g. title:”Nike” will return all articles with Nike in the name
tag: - If you want all the articles with a specific tag using Netvibes SmartTagging (link) feature
e.g. tag:”Shoes” will return all articles that have been tagged “Shoes”
from: - If you want all articles from a certain date. Supported date formats (link)
e.g. from:”2016-01-06” will return all articles from Jan. 6, 2016
to: - If you want all the articles until a certain date. Often used in conjunction with from (above) Supported date formats (link)
e.g. to:”2016-01-06” will return all the articles in your retention period until Jan. 6, 2016
enclosure: - If you want to display all the articles that have an enclosure. Enclosures are multimedia attachments like PDFs, MP3s, etc.
e.g. enclosure:”true” will return all articles that include and enclosure
feed: - If you want to only search for articles from a particular source.
e.g. feed:”Nike Blog” will return all the articles from Nike Blog
tab: - If you want to search articles only from a particular tab and not universally.
e.g. tab:”Corpus - Competitors” will return only articles from your competitor sources assuming you separated them into that tab.
author: - If you want to search only articles from a particular author.
e.g. author:”Tom Wolfe” will return all the articles from Tom Wolfe
domain: - If you want all the articles from a certain domain.
e.g. domain:”techcrunch.com” will return all the articles from TechCrunch
media: - If you want only the articles from press and media, social networks, blogs, images, or videos.
e.g. media:”press and media” will include only articles from news sources and not social networks or blogs
sentiment: - If you want to search all the articles that have been tagged with a certain sentiment using our SmartTagging feature .
e.g. sentiment:”strength” will return all the articles that a user has tagged as a strength
emotion: - If you want to search all the articles that have a particular emotion based on our automated sentiment analysis.
e.g. emotion:”negative” will return all the negative emotion articles
language: - If you want to search only articles in a certain language.
e.g. language:en will return only the articles in English
cat: - If you want to categorize certain keywords into one category to simplify your searches and make them more efficient.
More on “cat:” and Automatic Categorization (http://blog.netvibes.com/new-automatic-categorization-organizes-all-your-content-for-you/)
user: - If you want to search all the articles tagged by a specific user using our SmartTagging feature.
e.g. user:”John Smith” will return all the articles tagged by John Smith
Once you've got a good understanding of boolean search and Universal Search filters, visit our Boolean search: Best Practices.