According to the documentation, exact phrase searches should be possible using double-quoting (as per the Search Operators section here: https://dev.twitter.com/docs/using-search). However, I am not able to get it to work. For example, I am trying to search for the name “Al Maag”. Using the website search works just fine, eg here is a URL which shows plenty of tweets:
But when I try to do the same search using the api, I get no results. eg I generated this test curl command using the oauth signing tool (removed oauth headers to keep it secure):
curl --get ‘https://api.twitter.com/1.1/search/tweets.json’ --data ‘count=4&max_id=250126199840518145&q=%22Al+Maag%22&result_type=mixed&since_id=24012619984051000’
How can I successfully search for an exact phrase on the api?