The language for search queries consists of search operators, which are intended to

  • specify the distance between keywords

  • clarify the search terms

  • exclude certain words from monitoring


Basic operators in YouScan:

  • To find words that appear side by side in the text, use the /1 operator. This way, you will find mentions where there is only a space between the keywords.
    For example, coca /1 cola.

  • /N operator sets the distance but does not fix the word order.

  • The space between the words in the query equals the AND operator.

  • The system ignores additional characters, including #, %, +, $, etc. This means that the keyword #veganbowl will find mentions of the word both with and without the hashtag.

  • To exclude email addresses from the query, list them with @, without quotes:
    -@gmail.com -@hotmail.com.

  • The maximum size of a search query is 4000 characters.

  • Search queries are not case-sensitive so you can use capital or lower-case letters.

  • Verbs must be used in bare infinitive to be conjugated into different forms.

  • Nouns, adjectives, pronouns, and numerals must be used in a singular and subjective case, so they change their form automatically.

  • For all languages except English, specify words in all the desired forms. Change them by gender, case, and number (☝️ if you want to collect mentions from Twitter, we recommend mentioning all the desired forms of keywords in English as well).

Read more about how to create a new monitoring topic here.

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