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Can I track tweets in a specific language?

Yes, you can. Our TweetReach Pro by Union Metrics Trackers now include language filtering! You can limit the tweets in any new Tracker to include only those that are in a specific language. We have two language filtering options. 

Global language filtering

If you want an overall filter to monitor tweets in a specific language across all queries in a Tracker, you can set that up. Simply select the language you want from the drop-down menu on the Tracker setup page. Then add the search queries you want us to track and we'll limit the tweets in your Tracker to anything matching those terms in that language only.


Want to get a little more specific?

We also support in-line language filters. You can add a specific language filter to any individual search query in your Tracker. You can also exclude certain queries in specific languages if you’d like. This is a great option if you want to track several different languages or only need to limit certain queries to a particular language. Just add the lang:XY filter to any query in your Tracker, like this: 


That would track only Spanish-language tweets that mentioned the word cafe (and would exclude other languages like French and English), as well as English-language tweets about coffee. 

Supported languages 

Currently, we support the following languages and codes. Each language has a two-letter code you can add to the lang: operator, like lang:es

  • Arabic (ar)
  • Dutch (nl)
  • English (en)
  • Farsi (fa)
  • French (fr)
  • German (de)
  • Indonesian (id)
  • Italian (it)
  • Japanese (ja)
  • Portuguese (pt)
  • Spanish (es)

Don’t see your language? Let us know and we’ll see if we can add it in the future!

Finally, this filtering is based on Twitter's language classification, but we can't guarantee these results with 100% accuracy in every case. Twitter does a great job classifying tweets into their appropriate languages and most will be labeled correctly. But since tweets can only include up to 140 characters and and sometimes it's hard to tell exactly what language those few characters are in, tweets may be misclassified from time to time.

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