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Use twitter from R. Get started by reading vignette("rtweet").


To get the current released version from CRAN:


All users must be authenticated to interact with Twitter’s APIs. The easiest way to authenticate is to use your personal twitter account - this will happen automatically (via a browser popup) the first time you use an rtweet function. See auth_setup_default() for details. Using your personal account is fine for casual use, but if you are trying to collect a lot of data it’s a good idea to authentication with your own Twitter “app”. See vignette("auth", package = "rtweet") for details.

{{rtweet}} should be used in strict accordance with Twitter’s developer terms.

Search tweets or users

Search for up to 10,000 tweets containing #rstats, excluding retweets:

rt <- search_tweets("#rstats", n = 10000, include_rts = FALSE)

Twitter rate limits cap the number of search results returned to 18,000 every 15 minutes. To request more than that, set retryonratelimit = TRUE and rtweet will wait for rate limit resets for you.

Search for 1,000 users with the #rstats in their profile:

usrs <- search_users("#rstats", n = 1000)

Stream tweets

Randomly sample (approximately 1%) from the live stream of all tweets:

rt <- stream_tweets("")

Stream all geo-located tweets from London for 60 seconds:

rt <- stream_tweets(lookup_coords("london, uk"), timeout = 60)

Get friends and followers

Get all accounts followed by a user:

## get user IDs of accounts followed by CNN
cnn_fds <- get_friends("cnn")

## lookup data on those accounts
cnn_fds_data <- lookup_users(cnn_fds$user_id)

Get all accounts following a user:

## get user IDs of accounts following CNN
cnn_flw <- get_followers("cnn", n = 10000)
cnn_flw_data <- lookup_users(cnn_flw$user_id)

If you want all followers, you’ll need you’ll need to set n = Inf and retryonratelimit = TRUE but be warned that this might take a long time.

Get timelines

Get the most recent 3,200 tweets from CNN, BBC World, and Fox News:

## get user IDs of accounts followed by CNN
tmls <- get_timelines(c("cnn", "BBCWorld", "foxnews"), n = 3200)

Get favorites

Get the 3,000 most recently favorited statuses by Justin Bieber:

jkr <- get_favorites("justinbieber", n = 3000)


Communicating with Twitter’s APIs relies on an internet connection, which can sometimes be inconsistent. With that said, if you encounter an obvious bug for which there is not already an active issue, please create a new issue with all code used (preferably a reproducible example) on Github.