How can I easily read a single Twitter feed on a certain date?
August 8, 2018 7:41 PM   Subscribe

I want to read a 'tweetstorm,' a series of tweets. They are not replies to each other, just a series of tweets by one user (hence the difficulty). I can find a link to the first tweet in the series, so I know the date and time. Here's the crazy part...

if I use Twitter's search or advanced-search page, input the username, the exact date (or, a range of the previous day into the following day)... a bunch of tweets show up and none of them are this tweet or anything in its presumable series. It certainly returns a bunch of tweets from those dates, but it doesn't return all of them! This is a high-volume user, and none of the results are what I'm looking for. It even returns the same tweets every time. I'm stuck wondering........ why not just give me the full results of a query??

Am I crazy? Why is this difficult? Why is it so hard to jump into a point in time in a single user's feed? I cannot find any way to do this other than scrolling through their feed. My target tweets are from more than a year ago!
posted by panhopticon to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Have you tried doing this by script? Here's a python example I've not vetted. You would need to register for a developer key. Hard to assess a solution not knowing the user/tweet in question.
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 8:07 PM on August 8 [1 favorite]


>Have you tried doing this by script?

Not to threadsit but I'm hoping to do this easily. I am not a coder and this is gibberish to me. :)
posted by panhopticon at 8:16 PM on August 8


Apologies if you've already tried this, but have you made sure to check the search results are for Recent/Latest? Twitter's browser search defaults to Top Results, iirc.
posted by lesser weasel at 11:34 PM on August 8 [1 favorite]


>Apologies if you've already tried this, but have you made sure to check the search results are for Recent/Latest? Twitter's browser search defaults to Top Results, iirc.

I'm not seeing an option to filter that way on Twitter's advanced search. But that is a good hypothesis, would explain why only some tweets (and always the same tweets) are returned. Thank you. I think my search has gone as far as it can...!
posted by panhopticon at 9:50 PM on August 9


What lesser weasel means is that after you submit your "advanced search" Twitter returns tweets they deem "Top" results. In the results window there is a menu bar up top containing "Top" then "Latest" then "People" etc. Click on "Latest".
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 11:36 PM on August 9


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