This supplements Twitter’s Tweet updates documentation and repository.
On May 24, 2016, Twitter announced changes to the way that replies and URLs are handled and published plans around support for these changes in the Twitter API and initial technical documentation describing the updates to Tweet objects and API options.1 On September 26, 2017, Twitter started testing 280 characters for certain languages,2 and on November 7, 2017, announced that the character limit was being expanded for Tweets in languages where cramming was an issue.3
Standard API methods
tweepy.API method that returns a Status object accepts a new
tweet_mode parameter. Valid values for this parameter are
extended, which give compatibility mode and extended mode, respectively.
The default mode (if no parameter is provided) is compatibility mode.
By default, using compatibility mode, the
text attribute of Status objects
tweepy.API methods is truncated to 140 characters, as needed.
When this truncation occurs, the
truncated attribute of the Status object
True, and only entities that are fully contained within the
available 140 characters range will be included in the
It will also be discernible that the
text attribute of the Status object
is truncated as it will be suffixed with an ellipsis character, a space, and a
shortened self-permalink URL to the Tweet.
When using extended mode, the
text attribute of Status objects returned by
tweepy.API methods is replaced by a
full_text attribute, which
contains the entire untruncated text of the Tweet. The
of the Status object will be
False, and the
entities attribute will
contain all entities. Additionally, the Status object will have a
display_text_range attribute, an array of two Unicode code point indices,
identifying the inclusive start and exclusive end of the displayable content
of the Tweet.
By default, the Status objects from streams may contain an
attribute representing the equivalent field in the raw data/payload for the
Tweet. This attribute/field will only exist for extended Tweets, containing a
dictionary of sub-fields. The
full_text sub-field/key of this dictionary
will contain the full, untruncated text of the Tweet, and the
sub-field/key will contain the full set of entities. If there are extended
extended_entities sub-field/key will contain the full set of
those. Additionally, the
display_text_range sub-field/key will contain an
array of two Unicode code point indices, identifying the inclusive start and
exclusive end of the displayable content of the Tweet.
When using extended mode with a Retweet, the
full_text attribute of the
Status object may be truncated with an ellipsis character instead of
containing the full text of the Retweet. However, since the
retweeted_status attribute (of a Status object that is a Retweet) is
itself a Status object, the
full_text attribute of the Retweeted Status
object can be used instead.
This also applies similarly to Status objects/payloads that are Retweets from
streams. The dictionary from the
extended_tweet attribute/field contains a
full_text sub-field/key that may be truncated with an ellipsis character.
extended_tweet attribute/field of the Retweeted Status (from
retweeted_status attribute/field) can be used.
Given an existing
API object and
id for a Tweet, the following
can be used to print the full text of the Tweet, or if it’s a Retweet, the
full text of the Retweeted Tweet:
status = api.get_status(id, tweet_mode="extended") try: print(status.retweeted_status.full_text) except AttributeError: # Not a Retweet print(status.full_text)
status is a Retweet,
status.full_text could be truncated.
This Status event handler for a
Stream prints the full text of the
Tweet, or if it’s a Retweet, the full text of the Retweeted Tweet:
def on_status(self, status): if hasattr(status, "retweeted_status"): # Check if Retweet try: print(status.retweeted_status.extended_tweet["full_text"]) except AttributeError: print(status.retweeted_status.text) else: try: print(status.extended_tweet["full_text"]) except AttributeError: print(status.text)
status is a Retweet, it will not have an
status.text could be truncated.