Apr 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM
I would like to ask if it is possible to import data from twitter for specific dates. for example the last 2-3 days

thanks in advance
Apr 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Edited Apr 30, 2013 at 1:52 AM
[UPDATED: Twitter does allow date scoped queries, they are just not that useful since the data window is short]

Twitter will return Tweets only for the past week or so.

Your best bet is to start the scheduled, repeated, collection of data starting today. In a few weeks you have a large data set!

Apr 30, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Edited Apr 30, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Yes, within limits.

In the Import from Twitter Search Network dialog box, click the "Advanced search help" link and see the "since" and "until" operators on Twitter's "Using advanced search" page. For example, enter the following into NodeXL's "Add a vertex for each person..." textbox to get people who tweeted "NodeXL" from April 26 until (but not including) April 28:
   NodeXL since:2013-04-26 until:2013-04-28
The limits are that Twitter will only provide tweets "between 6-9 days" old (that's from their website), and depending on the popularity of the term you specify, Twitter may provide only a sample of the tweets.

Note that I tested this using version of NodeXL, which includes some major Twitter changes. I have not tested it in earlier versions. Most earlier NodeXL versions will stop working with Twitter networks on May 7 anyway (, so I won't bother with that.

-- Tony
Apr 30, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Edited Apr 30, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I just noticed that Marc posted the opposite answer. He might have been using an older version of NodeXL, and as I mentioned, I didn't try that. You want to be using the latest version of NodeXL in any case because of Twitter's May 7 deadline.

-- Tony
Apr 30, 2013 at 1:00 AM
thank you very much for your answer!
one more question.
where can i find a macro that automatically identify followers who retweet their friends post?
Apr 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM
That sounds like a highly specialized macro. I suspect you will have to write it yourself.

-- Tony