Suppose one wanted to write a book or paper comparing the topical focus of different groups-- say, what theological words are more common among pastors who tweeted about “Ferguson” versus the tweets of those interested in the goings on with the Houston mayor? Or what words are more common by pastors with a huge following versus those with few?
May I just “Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C” tweets directly from a web browser and then start making my own statistical analyses, say, in a spreadsheet program? I’ve already got a few hundred interesting accounts picked out from my own research. I’m just looking for a convenient (and approved ) way to acquire, say, six months’ worth of tweets for some 600 individuals.
Any tips to the guidelines or boundaries for such an activity are greatly appreciated.