There are three ways that you can authenticate with the Twitter API:
rtweet_user() interactively authenticates an existing Twitter user.
This form is most appropriate if you want rtweet to control your
rtweet_app() authenticates as a Twitter application. An application can't
perform actions (i.e. it can't tweet) but otherwise has generally higher
rate limits (i.e. you can do more searches). See details
This form is most appropriate if you are collecting data.
rtweet_bot() authenticates as bot that takes actions on behalf of an app.
This form is most appropriate if you want to create a Twitter account that
is run by a computer, rather than a human.
rtweet_bot() you will need to create your own
Twitter app following the instructions in
rtweet_user() can be used with your own app, but generally there is
no need to because it uses the Twitter app provided by rtweet.
rtweet_user(api_key = NULL, api_secret = NULL) rtweet_bot( api_key = ask_pass("API key"), api_secret = ask_pass("API secret"), access_token = ask_pass("access token"), access_secret = ask_pass("access token") ) rtweet_app(bearer_token = ask_pass("bearer token"))
Application API key and secret. These are
generally not required for
tweet_user() since the defaults will use
the built-in rtweet app.
Access token and secret.
App bearer token.
All of the arguments to these functions are roughly equivalent to
passwords so should generally not be typed into the console (where they
the will be recorded in
.Rhistory) or recorded in a script (which is
easy to accidentally share). Instead, call these functions without arguments
since the default behaviour is to use
askpass::askpass() to interactively
prompt you for the values.