Delete your Tweets: Twitter Search is here

This week Twitter enabled the search of every Tweet in the history of the Twitterverse. This means that everything you've ever Tweeted is searchable. They weren't before now, not in their extreme entirety, now they are, for the first time ever. For most people this won't be an issue – they've never said anything embarrassing on Twitter, ever. But you – oh my goodness. You need to delete more than your fair share of Tweets, and you need to do it right now.

If you're like me, you used to Tweet things like "lol." You used to send Tweets like you'd otherwise be texting. You used to be such an embarrassment to yourself and those around you, it's a major surprise that you've got any Twitter followers at all. Look at this ludicrous display!

Noone wants to read that. You're clogging up the tubes.

The best way to find your most embarrassing Tweet quickly is with Twitter's service #FirstTweet. There you'll find the first Tweet you ever Tweeted.

It's going to be horrible.

When you find your first Tweet and scream, violently, you'll want to click the Time and Date link inside said Tweet, then find the three dots. Click the three dots and you'll find the option to DELETE TWEET.

If you want to delete massive amounts of Tweets, there's really only a couple of services you might need. First check out Tweet Delete to delete years of Tweets at a time.

If you'd like a list of your Tweets, or you'd like to SEARCH through your Tweets and delete several at a time, there's Tweet Eraser. It may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts.

If you want to delete all of your Tweets, there's the service called Delete All My Tweets. Also not much of a looker – but trust. It works.

If you've got nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. But you have so very much to hide – it's time. The time to delete your Tweets is now.

For those of you looking to DO a search instead of avoid one, there are the following search operators. With these operators, you'll be able to center down your search to specifics.

Operator : Finds tweets...

twitter search : containing both "twitter" and "search". This is the default operator.

"happy hour" : containing the exact phrase "happy hour".

love OR hate : containing either "love" or "hate" (or both).

beer -root : containing "beer" but not "root".

#haiku : containing the hashtag "haiku".

from:alexiskold : sent from person "alexiskold".

to:slashgear : sent to person "slashgear".

@t_chrisburns : referencing person "t_chrisburns".

"happy hour" near:"san francisco" : containing the exact phrase "happy hour" and sent near "san francisco".

near:NYC within:15mi : sent within 15 miles of "NYC".

superhero since:2010-12-27 : containing "superhero" and sent since date "2010-12-27" (year-month-day).

ftw until:2010-12-27 : containing "ftw" and sent up to date "2010-12-27".

movie -scary :) : containing "movie", but not "scary", and with a positive attitude.

flight :( : containing "flight" and with a negative attitude.

traffic ? : containing "traffic" and asking a question.

hilarious filter:links : containing "hilarious" and linking to URLs.

news source:twitterfeed : containing "news" and entered via TwitterFeed

The above Search Operators come from Twitter and will work with Twitter Search through the web or in your mobile app. All is active, all works right this minute.

You can also head to Twitter's Advanced Search to do everything above, but in a slightly easier-to-understand console.