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This is a Java client for the Twitter streaming API, documented at http://apiwiki.twitter.com/Streaming-API-Documentation Source is available at http://github.com/gistinc/TwitterClient com.gist.twitter.TwitterClient connects to Twitter using the Jakarta Commons HttpClient 3.1, http://hc.apache.org/httpclient-3.x/. It backs off and reconnects on HTTP and TCP errors as per the spec. It can connect using multiple sets of credentials at once. TwitterClient is constructed with two helper objects. This functionality has been factored out since it's likely to vary wildly according to need. - A FilterParameterFetcher is called periodically to get the set of Twitter ids to follow and keywords to track. - A TwitterStreamProcessor processes the actual data stream. How this is done and how you filter and process the results are up to you. Twitter recommends handing off statuses via an asynchronous queueing mechanism, which is a good design. If multiple credentials are used, all streams use the same TwitterStreamProcessor object which allows the content of the streams to be aggregated. The example code provides rudimentary implementations of both of these objects. It will connect with the given credentials, track a given set of Twitter ids, parse the JSON, and print it to stdout. Essentially this just replicates the stream to stdout.