A project written in Python to get old tweets, it bypass some limitations of Twitter Official API.
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Get Old Tweets Programatically

A project written in Python to get old tweets, it bypass some limitations of Twitter Official API.

Details

Twitter Official API has the bother limitation of time constraints, you can't get older tweets than a week. Some tools provide access to older tweets but in the most of them you have to spend some money before. I was searching other tools to do this job but I didn't found it, so after analyze how Twitter Search through browser works I understand its flow. Basically when you enter on Twitter page a scroll loader starts, if you scroll down you start to get more and more tweets, all through calls to a JSON provider. After mimic we get the best advantage of Twitter Search on browsers, it can search the deepest oldest tweets.

Components

  • Tweet: Model class to give some informations about a specific tweet.

    • id (str)
    • permalink (str)
    • username (str)
    • text (str)
    • date (date)
    • retweets (int)
    • favorites (int)
    • mentions (str)
    • hashtags (str)
    • geo (str)
  • TweetManager: A manager class to help getting tweets in Tweet's model.

    • getTweets (TwitterCriteria): Return the list of tweets retrieved by using an instance of TwitterCriteria.
  • TwitterCriteria: A collection of search parameters to be used together with TweetManager.

    • setUsername (str): An optional specific username from a twitter account. Without "@".
    • setSince (str. "yyyy-mm-dd"): A lower bound date to restrict search.
    • setUntil (str. "yyyy-mm-dd"): An upper bound date to restrist search.
    • setQuerySearch (str): A query text to be matched.
    • setTopTweets (bool): If True only the Top Tweets will be retrieved.
    • setMaxTweets (int): The maximum number of tweets to be retrieved. If this number is unsetted or lower than 1 all possible tweets will be retrieved.
  • Main: Examples of how to use.

  • Exporter: Export tweets to a csv file named "output_got.csv".

Examples of python usage

  • Get tweets by username
    tweetCriteria = got.manager.TweetCriteria().setUsername('barackobama').setMaxTweets(1)
    tweet = got.manager.TweetManager.getTweets(tweetCriteria)[0]

    print tweet.text
  • Get tweets by query search
    tweetCriteria = got.manager.TweetCriteria().setQuerySearch('europe refugees').setSince("2015-05-01").setUntil("2015-09-30").setMaxTweets(1)
    tweet = got.manager.TweetManager.getTweets(tweetCriteria)[0]

    print tweet.text
  • Get tweets by username and bound dates
    tweetCriteria = got.manager.TweetCriteria().setUsername("barackobama").setSince("2015-09-10").setUntil("2015-09-12").setMaxTweets(1)
    tweet = got.manager.TweetManager.getTweets(tweetCriteria)[0]

    print tweet.text
  • Get the last 10 top tweets by username
    tweetCriteria = got.manager.TweetCriteria().setUsername("barackobama").setTopTweets(True).setMaxTweets(10)
    # first one
    tweet = got.manager.TweetManager.getTweets(tweetCriteria)[0]

    print tweet.text

Examples of command-line usage

  • Get help use
    python Exporter.py -h
  • Get tweets by username
    python Exporter.py --username "barackobama" --maxtweets 1
  • Get tweets by query search
    python Exporter.py --querysearch "europe refugees" --maxtweets 1
  • Get tweets by username and bound dates
    python Exporter.py --username "barackobama" --since 2015-09-10 --until 2015-09-12 --maxtweets 1
  • Get the last 10 top tweets by username
    python Exporter.py --username "barackobama" --maxtweets 10 --toptweets