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stdin: IDs of tweets to get (whitespace or line separated)
stdout: the tweets as two-column TSV: ID \t TweetJSON
This retrieves tweets using the API.
If there was an error when retrieving a message - most prominently, if the
message is now deleted -- the error information is saved as JSON. Therefore
there should be exactly as many output lines as there are input IDs.
This script tries to be robust about rate limiting, though this is not
extensively tested.
Related: Jimmy Lin's twitter-tools (formerly twitter-corpus-tools)
knows (or used to know) how to retrieve tweets based on scraping the HTML
and/or embedded JSON within the HTML from the website.
import tweepy,sys,json,time
# seems to indicate 15*60/900 = 1 request per second is OK
# don't parse. return RAW result
# adapted from
class MyModelParser(tweepy.parsers.ModelParser):
def parse(self, method, payload):
return payload
# result = super(MyModelParser, self).parse(method, payload)
# result._payload = json.loads(payload)
# return result
d = dict(
consumer_key = "",
consumer_secret = "",
access_token = "",
access_token_secret = "",
# api key information with the same keys as above
# d = json.load(open("/home/brenocon/.twitter_app"))
auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(d['consumer_key'], d['consumer_secret'])
auth.set_access_token(d['access_token'], d['access_token_secret'])
api = tweepy.API(auth, parser=MyModelParser())
ids_to_get =
print>>sys.stderr, "%s IDs to get" % len(ids_to_get)
while ids_to_get:
id = ids_to_get[0]
tweet = api.get_status(id)
print "%s\t%s" % (id, tweet)
ids_to_get = ids_to_get[1:]
except tweepy.error.TweepError as e:
if 'Rate limit exceeded' in repr(e) or (isinstance(e.message, list) and isinstance(e[0],dict) and e[0].get('code')==88):
print>>sys.stderr, "cooldown then will retry id %s" % id
# unfixable error
print>>sys.stderr, "Error for id %s; continuing. Error information saved to output." % id
print "%s\t%s" % (id, json.dumps({'id':int(id), 'error': e.message}))
ids_to_get = ids_to_get[1:]
except Exception as e:
print>>sys.stderr, "Unknown exception. Continuing. Saving info to output."
print "%s\t%s" % (id, json.dumps({'id':int(id), 'error': repr(e)}))
ids_to_get = ids_to_get[1:]
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