Retrieves the timeline for a particular Twitter™ user or list. Access to the Twitter timeline API is rate-limited. Excessive access in a given time period will result in requests being denied. The exact rate limit information for the user and list timeline APIs may be found at the API documentation pages:
Upon successful completion of the request, the transformer will output a new feature for each tweet in the timeline. Each output feature will contain several attributes:
_tweet_id: The identification number of the tweet.
_tweet_status: The text of the tweet.
_tweet_created_at: The date and time of the status update. This will be formatted in the standard FME date/time format: YYYYMMDDHHMMSS
_tweet_username: The screen name of the user who created the tweet.
If a request could not be completed, the feature will be output through the Error output port, and will have the following new attributes:
_twitter_search_result: If a response was received from the Twitter server, it will be stored in this attribute.
_twitter_error: If the Twitter response contained an error message, it will be stored in this attribute.
Select the type of timeline to fetch. The transformer can fetch a user timeline, or a list timeline.
When fetching a user timeline, use this parameter to enter the user whose updates are to be retrieved. When fetching a list timeline, use this parameter to enter the name of the list. This attribute may be set to an attribute value.
When fetching a list timeline, use this parameter to enter the name of the twitter user that owns the list being fetched.
When fetching a list timeline, this parameter may be used to filter out re-tweets. If it is set to ‘Yes’, the output may contain re-tweets. If the parameter is set to ‘No’, re-tweets will be removed from the transformer results.
The maximum number of tweets to be returned. Note that twitter may return fewer tweets than this number.
Note: For access outside of your network using a proxy server, use the Network tools in FME Options. From the Workbench menu, select Tools > FME Options > Network. For more information, see "Network" in the FME Workbench Help.
All user timeline requests require a valid twitter username and password.
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