As the title of this discussion suggests, I would like to stream specific tweets for research purposes (I am a PhD student (interested in linguistics, not computing… -.-’)), and I first started learning a few basic things with Python, but I realized that it could (apparently) be possible with just the Terminal (I’m on Mac OS) and a program like Twurl (if I’m not mistaken), so I gave up Python, but thus far I have just been able to connect to Twitter via the command line, by using my API key and secret, but now I’m stuck and I can’t figure out how to make requests to stream specific tweets according to key words, or geo-localization.
I have been spending the last three weeks learning the basics of the command line so that I can better understand how it works, but I still can’t find a relatively recent tutorial which would be clear enough and basic enough for a complete newbie in computing to understand how to do that, so I desperately need help now, since I am working on streaming tweets for a research project, and the deadlines are now becoming more and more pressing… So my questions are:
- I can connect to Twitter with the Terminal and Twurl by using my API key and secret, what is the next step?
- How to make requests to extract tweets from specific cities and with specific key words?
- How to start streaming?
Please try to be clear (at least in newbies’ terms…) since all the topics I found on the Internet apparently assume a certain knowledge of programming basics, which I don’t have, hence my need for clear explanations…
I thank you in advance for any help you may bring! Any advice would be invaluable at this point. Don’t hesitate to tell me if you need any more info.