Saturday, 16 March 2013

What do the Twitter backups downloadable files look like

After about a minute from sending the request shown at the end of Feature request: Tweet backups to Git/GitHub ,  I received an email with:


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Accessing the link from a non-logged-in-to-twitter account shows the sign-in page

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opening that link from a valid twitter sessions shows:

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which changes to (when clicked):

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The download is 1.6Mb (which I placed on my DropBox folder for an extra backup)

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The unzipped data is 7Mb:

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The Readme.txt provides some good info:

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Here is the data in CSV format

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Here the local version (via the index.html)

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We can open tweets from a particular month:

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And interestingly, the search works (I wonder how that happens)

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Here are the files loaded when one of the month’s data is loaded

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which is consuming the data stored in

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and

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Here is an example of the data contained in these js files (which are basically json objects)

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This is quite nicely done

What I’m thinking is that there should be a public repository of these backup files, which could then be used for data analysis and historic searches.

For example, it would be great to have the OWASP leaders and temp accounts created for conferences available this way :)

Does this already exist? (public archive of twitter data)
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