Oct. 09, 2012

Tweet Search using Python

Overview

This script will use the Twitter API to search for tweets. 

Getting Started

Since we will be using JSON for this, don't forget to import that module. 

The screen name in Twitter, is the screen name of the user for whom to return
results for. 

Open the twitter search URL, the result will be shown in json format. 

We can get the number of tweets using the length function. 

At the end of the script, we parse the tweet from the result and print it to 
screen. 
#Importing the modules
import urllib2
import json

screen_name = "wordpress"

url = "http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.json?screen_name=" + screen_name

data = json.load(urllib2.urlopen(url))

print len(data), "tweets"

for tweet in data:
    print tweet['text']

To make it more interactive, you can ask the user for which tweet to search for:
screen = raw_input("Which tweet do you want to search? ")

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