Here are some code snippets to help you out with using Tweepy. Feel free to contribute your own snippets or improve the ones here!
auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler("consumer_key", "consumer_secret") # Redirect user to Twitter to authorize redirect_user(auth.get_authorization_url()) # Get access token auth.get_access_token("verifier_value") # Construct the API instance api = tweepy.API(auth)
# Iterate through all of the authenticated user's friends for friend in tweepy.Cursor(api.friends).items(): # Process the friend here process_friend(friend) # Iterate through the first 200 statuses in the friends timeline for status in tweepy.Cursor(api.friends_timeline).items(200): # Process the status here process_status(status)
This snippet will follow every follower of the authenticated user.
for follower in tweepy.Cursor(api.followers).items(): follower.follow()
Handling the rate limit using cursors¶
Since cursors raise
RateLimitErrors in their
handling them can be done by wrapping the cursor in an iterator.
Running this snippet will print all users you follow that themselves follow less than 300 people total - to exclude obvious spambots, for example - and will wait for 15 minutes each time it hits the rate limit.
# In this example, the handler is time.sleep(15 * 60), # but you can of course handle it in any way you want. def limit_handled(cursor): while True: try: yield cursor.next() except tweepy.RateLimitError: time.sleep(15 * 60) for follower in limit_handled(tweepy.Cursor(api.followers).items()): if follower.friends_count < 300: print follower.screen_name