BBC: #RIPTwitter trends as firm tests vanishing tweets. “Twitter is testing a feature that will allow some tweets to disappear after 24 hours, it announced on Wednesday. The new feature called ‘fleets’ is similar to vanishing posts on Snapchat and Instagram Stories.”
Washington Post: Millions of tweets peddled conspiracy theories about coronavirus in other countries, an unpublished U.S. report says. “Roughly 2 million tweets peddled conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when the outbreak began to spread outside China, according to an unreleased report from an arm of the State Department, raising fresh fears about Silicon Valley’s preparedness to combat a surge of dangerous disinformation online.”
Towards Data Science: How to Scrape Tweets From Twitter. “This tutorial is meant to be a quick straightforward introduction to scraping tweets from Twitter in Python using Tweepy’s Twitter API or Dmitry Mottl’s GetOldTweets3. To provide direction for this tutorial I decided to focus on scraping through two avenues: scraping a specific user’s tweets and scraping tweets from a general text search.”
ZDNet: Want to analyse your tweets? How to import Twitter JSON data exports into Excel. “It used to be easy to analyze your Twitter data: you’d go to your settings and ask for a download, and there among all the files would be a CSV file full of your tweets and the associated metadata. You could then load the CSV into Excel, convert it into a table, and save the resulting workbook. Once it was all in hand you were able to apply filters, searches, and, well, whatever analytical techniques you liked. But things have changed at Twitter, and if you request a download of your data it comes as a set of JSON files.”
TechCrunch: Twitter’s new reply blockers could let Trump hide critics. “What if politicians could only display Twitter replies from their supporters while stopping everyone else from adding their analysis to the conversation? That’s the risk of Twitter’s upcoming Conversation Participants tool it’s about to start testing that lets you choose if you want replies from everyone, only those your follow or mention or no one.” I’m not hopeful about this new policy.
Motherboard: How to Take Your Twitter Feed Back From the Algorithm. “Maybe it’s not the people or topics who end up floating into my feed, but the algorithms that put them there that need muting. By adding a few strings—little bits of code used by Twitter to tag types of tweets—to your muted keywords list, you can change the way the Twitter algorithm sends content to your feed.”
7Labs, with the caveat that I haven’t tried any of these: How to delete Twitter posts in bulk. “Unfortunately, there aren’t any official tools available to help you mass delete Twitter posts at once. So, ideally, you’d have to scroll through all your tweets one by one and delete the ones you want to remove. But that’s where third-party apps and solutions can come in handy. In this article, we’ll explore a few online solutions that let you delete multiple twitter posts at once, without going through all that manual hassle.”