I love Twitter. Not from a, “I spend all my free time scrolling” type of viewpoint. But more from a, “Wow, Twitter is a data powerhouse” type of viewpoint. It’s like having access to tabloid magazines, the inside of your favorite academics’ brain, or the inside scoop on the (occasionally way too) personal thoughts of both your peers and complete strangers.
And that’s what makes it so, so wonderful.
The best part about Twitter is that we can easily manipulate this information in my favorite coding language, Python, by using Twitter’s API and a simple package called Tweepy.