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Using Twitter Data

For getting the most out of Twitter's search interface

Twitter allows you to interact with a limited subset of its data (tweets and attributes about tweets) using an API. You need to know a server side scripting language like php, python or ruby to make requests. The results will be in JSON format.

Sysomos MAP - For Twitter, Facebook and More (UM Users Only)

Sysomos MAP is a social media search engine that contains analytics for twitter, facebook, youtube as well as blogs and news websites. Search for tweets or posts by demographic group or geography. Analyze content sentiment and create basic visualizations of social media data.

In order to access Sysomos MAP you need to fill out a form. We have 1 seat available. Librarians will contact you to schedule your access time. These restrictions are in place so that no one interferes with your use of Sysomos MAP. If you have any questions please contact

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