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Twitter API to the rescue

23/01/2012

A. Tabone

Sometimes I half-remember a tweet, something that a person I follow on
Twitter had shared. Visiting the Twitter profile of this person and
browsing through it, manually searching for THE tweet, can take quite some
time.

I encounter this difficulty in cases where I vaguely remember the tweet,
perhaps just a phrase of it, but forget the link that was shared to a
particular blog post or video that caught my attention.

Fortunately, Twitter provides an API. By browsing through the
documentation,
I found this URL to be very useful in such cases:

https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.json?screen_name=TWITTER_USERNAME_HERE&include_entities=true&count=200&include_rts=true

(This displays the last 200 tweets published by the user
with screen_name TWITTER_USERNAME_HERE.)

A Ctrl+F in the browser helps to find the complete tweet (and its metadata)
by searching for the phrase or words that I had remembered.>

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