Twitter API

Twitter is still divided into three different API - Application Programming Interfaces (namely Streaming, Search and Rest API) that are not fully compatible with one another. The Search API is currently the most important API for statistical analysis, followed by the Streaming API.

The search API is called with a REST URL that can be retrieved with a simple HTTP Get request, and nearly all Twitter monitoring tools depend on this API. We have worked on a widely revised version of YourTwapperKeeper, a tool for archiving tweets, in order to integrate these three APIs into one single Platform.

The collected data include basic information about the users and the messages (tweets) and the full network of users and messages clustered along the given hashtag. This data is necessary in order to map the network topology created by the tag.