Filters

Most modules allow to use filters, accessed by clicking on Filter (or Filter of the page for the Public profile module) in the sidebar.

Here is an example from the Community module :

In this example, the application searches the users speaking English and having at least 10,000 followers.

The latest 2 filters are ignored, and this is confirmed by the text 2 active filters.

An active filter is indicated by a symbol .

A filter is considered as inactive if it cannot help to reduce the number of results. There are two reasons for this:

  • All users (or Tweets) pass the filter: it is the case here for the Tweets per day count filter that is ignored because a Tweets count is always at least equal to 0 and smaller than infinity. This is indicated by a symbol .
  • the filter was turned off: this is the case here for the latest Tweet date filter. An active filter can be disabled by clicking on the icon (or : it is possible to explicitly disable an implicitly inactive filter), then the symbol becomes . To reactivate the filter, simply click again on .

In the second case (explicit deactivation), the filter acts as if it did not exist. In the first case (implicit desactivation), the filter is applied but it filters nothing. In a basic use, the effects are equivalent. The situation is different when an implicitly disabled filter is used in a composite OR filter (see Composite filters): this makes the inactive composite filter inactive (implicitly).

You can disable (deactivate) all filters by clicking on the active checkbox displayed before the first filter.

To remove a filter, click the icon .

To add filters, click the Add filters button, then in the window that opens, click on the filters to add. Some filters, more complex, are not offered immediately: click on advanced mode at the top of the window to access all the filters.

Lastly, if you use many filters simultaneously, it may be useful to change their order. For this, you can drag/drop a filter in the location of your choice (you must click on the filter name).

Suppose you want to search for the latest month Tweets containing at least one picture. So, you go to the Tweets & likes module and, after removing the filters which can be there, you add a created at filter and a photos count filter and then set them this way:

Then, if you want to search, on the same period, the Tweets containing a video. You then deactivate the photos count filter and add a videos count filter:

As you have just deactivated the photos count filter, to return to the Tweets containing photos, you must activate this filter and deactivate the videos count filter, but this is not very convenient. Ideally, the search result should contain both the Tweets containing photos and those containing a video. It is tempting to activate both filters this way:

But by doing this, the application does not find any Tweet. This is due to the fact that the filters work in AND mode, which means, in our example, that for a Tweet to be in the search result, it must pass the created at filter AND the photos count filter AND the videos count filter. So it must in particular contain both photos and videos, which is impossible (since Twitter does not allow it). To achieve the desired result you should be able to work in OR mode. It is the role of composite filters.

We will now configure the filters using a composite filter.

First remove the filters photos count and videos count.

Add a Composite filter - mode OR: click on Add filters. The list of available filters will then appear. If the advanced mode checkbox is not checked, check it. In the Composite filters section, choose Composite filter - mode OR. Close the window.

Your filter should now look like this:

A green Add filters button allows you to add filters to the composite filter you just added: click on it and add a filter photos count and a filter videos count that you set as before. Here is your final filter:

And the search result contains indeed the last 30 days Tweets with photos or videos.

Remarks :

  • The application indicates the number of active filters of the first level: in the example, the first level filters are the created at filter and the Composite filter - Mode OR filter.
  • The first level works in AND mode (that is actually a Composite filter - Mode AND). If you want to work in OR mode, you must add Composite filter - Mode OR filter and add your filters inside.
  • Theoretically, the number of compound filters you can nest is not limited. However, given the width of the sidebar, the filter settings quickly may become difficult and moreover, it will be hard for you to find your way. So, use composite filters sparingly.

In all modules using filters (except the Public Profile module that uses filters in a different way), it is possible to save filters.

To do this, open the save dialog by clicking on the Save button at the bottom of the filter, enter a name for your filter and confirm by clicking the Save button.

To load a saved filter, click on Saved filters in the sidebar, then click on the filter to load:

Then click on Load to load the filter.

You can also rename or delete a filter.

By checking the Default filter default filter option, the filter will be loaded automatically after each connection to the application.