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YRS lightning talk on using social media APIs, concentrating on twitter search

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  • whatssocila media data: tweets / status updates (FB / Twitter) Pictures - Instgram / flickr foursquare locations all have networks of influence much more Concentrate on twitter
  • so what can you get from twitter: tweets! user profiles network info - who connected to who
  • How do we get it? twitter has whats called APIs three types:
  • Social Media Data

    1. 1. Social Data Dr Will Simm @willsimm Catalyst - Lancaster University YRS Manchester 2012
    2. 2. Twitter is......Tweets, Users, Timelines& the relationships between those three
    3. 3. The Twitter APIs REST API Twitter web site functionality Read / write / DM Search API Search in realtime Streaming API Maintain a connection Get live tweets
    4. 4. How do we use it? Check the Docs! https://dev.twitter.com/docs/api Construct a URL, hit it and catch the result!http://search.twitter.com/search.json?q=madlab Test using the twitter console: https://dev.twitter.com/console
    5. 5. http://bit.ly/O2K9dR
    6. 6. What to do with it?• Display Tweets - http://visibletweets.com• Summarise tweets – Using web APIs, e.g. Classify with uclassify.com• Visualise Tweets – http://www.edfenergy.com/energy-of-the- nation/infographic.shtml – http://www.emoto2012.org
    7. 7. Search API Resources• Javascript (JQuery): – http://www.jquery4u.com/api-calls/twitter- search-api/• PHP: – http://www.finalwebsites.com/forums/topic/twi tter-search-using-the-twitter-api-and-php• Python: – http://glowingpython.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/h ow-to-use-twitter-search-api.html
    8. 8. Watch Out!• Rate Limit! • 150 / 350 (no auth / auth) requests per hour • API provides mechanism to check your quota– Data storage! • Very easy to get a LOT of tweets! – SQL database / flat files / NoSQL– Stay within Twitter API T&Cs!!
    9. 9. Let me know what you build! Tweet me: @willsimm w.simm@lancs.ac.ukFollow Catalyst: @catalystproj

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