twitter-scroller

    2.0.0 • Public • Published

    twitter-scroller

    Twitter Scroller is a tool that scrapes more tweets than allowed by Twitter's API. It works by literally scrolling down, using the Chrome DevTools Protocol.

    Rationale

    Twitter's API has a limit of 180 GET requests per user per 15 minutes. This is prohibitively small when scraping tens of thousands of tweets, so Twitter Scroller deals with this by opening Twitter in Chrome and scrolling down on the search results of every single day, scraping every single tweet. This idea was translated from the original Python/Selenium program, twitter_scraping, because I couldn't use headless Chrome with Selenium.

    Installation

    $ npm install -g twitter-scroller
    

    Usage

    $ twitter-scroller realDonaldTrump 2017 1 20 2017 11 7
    

    After running twitter-scroller, the tweets will be stored in the file realDonaldTrump--2017-1-17--2017-11-7--tweets.json. The keys of the JSON object are the ids of the tweets, and the values are the text of the tweets.

    It is recommended to scrape a month at a time, so that you don't lose all your progress if your internet cuts out or your computer spontaneously combusts.

    Customization

    If Twitter Scroller is missing some tweets, it may be moving too fast. In index.js, MAX_SCROLL_WAIT controls the amount of time to wait before scrolling down and MAX_PAGE_WAIT controls the amount of time to wait before moving to the next day. Clone the git repository, adjust these constants, and run Twitter Scroller again if you wish:

    $ git clone https://github.com/eyqs/twitter-scroller.git/
    $ cd twitter-scroller/
    $ vim index.js
    $ node bin/scroll.js realDonaldTrump 2017 1 20 2017 11 7
    

    License

    Copyright © 2017, 2018, Eugene Y. Q. Shen.

    Twitter Scroller is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

    Twitter Scroller is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License in LICENSE.md for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

    Install

    npm i twitter-scroller

    DownloadsWeekly Downloads

    5

    Version

    2.0.0

    License

    GPL-3.0

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    • eyqs