The tweetseek application

This application was developed as part of an NSF-funded REU project to automate the collection of tweets for research and other uses. Instructions for use and a screenshot is below:

Please feel free to use this application for your own research/ teaching uses. To run the application,

  1. download the zip file
  2. unzip the downloaded file
  3. double-click the tds.jar file in the unzipped folder
    1. Leave the lib folder where it is created after unzipping

The application is very intuitive to use.
  1. Click browse to select a folder to save the tweets as a file
  2. Type in a Twitter userID and click the get Timeline button to get tweets from that user, or
  3. Type in a subject and click search to retrieve all tweets on that subject
If needed, instructions to use the application are also available
Citation would be greatly appreciated. Preferred citation is:

Whitelaw, Clayton, Agrawal, M., Rao H.R. and Oh, Onook, “Using social media to study social phenomena,” published in the proceedings of the 2011 Wireless Telecommunications Symposium (WTS 2011), New York, New York, 4/12 – 16, 2011

Source code. Please feel free to modify/ improve the source to fit your needs. If updates are sent back to me, I would be very happy to update this page with proper attribution, your modified source and/ or application for further use by the community.

Source documentation

Netbeans Project (if you wish to develop the application  further)

Workflow information

Developer(s): Clayton Whitelaw, USF Computer Science student.

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Last updated: August 23, 2011

Acknowledgment:This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0926376. 
Disclaimer:Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.