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Dataset 2 - 25 Unique Topics/Events on Twitter

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posted on 2020-10-23, 10:15 authored by Martin SykoraMartin Sykora, Suzanne Elayan, Tom JacksonTom Jackson

The here available Twitter data (tweet IDs) was originally collected live, using the official Twitter REST API search endpoint, following their terms of service and developer guidelines.

Tweet IDs are usually 18-19 long numeric IDs, and these tweet IDs can be rehydrated, which is a simple process involving sending requests to the official Twitter API /statuses/lookup endpoint with tweet IDs uniquely identifying a tweet, and Twitter responding appropriately with the tweet and metadata. This helps ensure that if a user has set their account to private or deleted their tweet, effectively withdrawing consent, their tweet would not be available for further analysis.

There are several convenient utilities that researchers can use to rehydrate Twitter data from tweet IDs. One such tool is the DocNow Hydrator, available at https://github.com/DocNow/hydrator, as well as a useful detailed guide on how to go about it, available at https://programminghistorian.org/en/lessons/beginners-guide-to-twitter-data#hydrating.



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