Millions of public Twitter streams harbor a wealth of data, and once you mine them, you can gain some valuable insights. This short and concise book offers a collection of recipes to help you extract nuggets of Twitter information using easy-to-learn Python tools. Each recipe offers a discussion of how and why the solution works, so you can quickly adapt it to fit your particular needs. The recipes include techniques to: * Use OAuth to access Twitter data * Create and analyze graphs of retweet relationships * Use the streaming API to harvest tweets in realtime * Harvest and analyze friends and followers * Discover friendship cliques * Summarize webpages from short URLs This book is a perfect companion to O'Reilly's Mining the Social Web.
Matthew Russell, Vice President of Engineering at Digital Reasoning Systems (http://www.digitalreasoning.com/) and Principal at Zaffra (http://zaffra.com), is a computer scientist who is passionate about data mining, open source, and web application technologies. He's also the author of Dojo: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly).