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Twitter API with OAuth2 using R

Posted by omegahat on October 13, 2014

I just put together some code to collect tweets from Twitter’s search API for some students at Davis.  A brief document describing the approach and the code itself is available at It is not completely robust, but it does illustrate how to

  • use OAuth2 for the application-only authentication,
  • deal with rate-limiting, and
  • cursor through the result set of a single query.

The OAuth2 approach gives us a higher rate-limit.  There is also code to use the OAuth1.1 mechanism by directly signing the request using the ROAuth package. This is quite simple using the ROAuth:::signRequest() function.

I am not the first to do this and other people have posted aspects of this at various places.  This tries to show all the pieces.


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