Is there a way to search for tweets from the past? (Search API question)


Hi! I’d like to use the API (I’m assuming the Search API but perhaps the REST API would be useful somehow?) to collect tweets from a certain point in time with certain words.

For example, I want to grab 100 tweets containing the word “excited” from January 3rd, 2013. Is such a thing possible? I know I can find those tweets just using the search function on, but I’m getting mixed messages re: whether the API is capable of that.

If not, I’m thinking of writing something that searches on, pulls the tweet IDs of the results, and then uses the API to get information like geotagging, exact date/time, etc. Does anyone have any insight on how I might do that?

Thank you so much!