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Twitter research and the public sphere


I have been looking at twitter all week, and the public spheres therein. We have been using a program, or a script, used from Google drive, to look at twitter, using twitters AIP.

Was  that to fast?

All right, we used something called TAGS, to look at what’s going on at twitter. The program is easy enough to use, you need a Google account and a twitter account. Then follow the guide. Then you can find all the tweets using one or several #hashtag. Pretty cool stuff.

We are using the twitter API, and API is an Application Programming Interface, is the instruction set created for developers to interact with some type of program or database. Normally we would look at twitter from the website, but using the API we can look at lots of tweets and gather a lot of them,

But then what?

Well we are going to collect a lot of tweets, about 50000, and then we can get working on the meta aspect of it all, but for now it’s pretty cool to gather all the tweets on a subject.

Things to look at and read.

TAGS website! Pretty cool. https://tags.hawksey.info

Interested in the twitter API? Here is further reading in what it is and the different versions https://brightplanet.com/2013/06/twitter-firehose-vs-twitter-api-whats-the-difference-and-why-should-you-care/