So part of my university project is to collect data from twitter for processing (mainly using the natural language toolkit). I am supposed to collect random samplings for specific hashtags and saving them into a mySQL database.
I have been reading articles online and it seems like Python is rather popular for this kind of thing. However, I can't figure out how to practically do it. could anyone write some sample code that can be used to harvest this data? or point me in the right direction? I have been reading the twitter API documentation have have a somewhat ok idea of how it works.
A quick Google search for "python twitter api getting started" yields the following:
The Twitter docs also list quite a few Python libraries. Tweepy seems to be quite popular.