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grabtweets
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`grabtweets` is a simple tool to backup your tweets.

Installing
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`grabtweets` requires [Python][] 2.6 or later.

To install it, you can [download][] the latest version, or clone the Mercurial repository:

    hg clone http://bitbucket.org/sjl/grabtweets/

You can put it anywhere you like.

Using
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`grabtweets` can back up your tweets and print tweets that it has already archived.

### Backing Up Tweets

To back up your tweets, run `grabtweets` like this:

    $ grabtweets.py -u USERNAME FILE

`grabtweets` will pull down the 200 newest tweets from USERNAME and store them in FILE.

You probably have more than 200 tweets.  However, Twitter will only let you pull down 200 at a time and hitting the server too fast will result in Twitter cutting off your access for a while.

To deal with this, it's best to set up `grabtweets` as a cron/launchd job that runs every couple of hours.  Each time it runs, it will pull down the newest 200 tweets, plus 200 older tweets if there are any available.

It will take about `NUMBER_OF_TWEETS_YOU_HAVE/200` runs to finish archiving your tweets.  Just set it up and forget about it.

### Printing Backed Up Tweets

To print the tweets that `grabtweets` has already backed up, run it like this:

    $ grabtweets.py -p FILE

[Python]: http://python.org/
[download]: http://bitbucket.org/sjl/grabtweets/get/tip.zip

Problems, Contributing, etc
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`grabtweets` was hacked together in an hour.  There are probably bugs.  If you find any, go ahead and create an issue in the [issue tracker][].

Want to fix something or add a feature?  Great!  Fork the [repository][] and send me a pull request.

[issue tracker]: http://bitbucket.org/sjl/grabtweets/issues/?status=new&status=open
[repository]: http://bitbucket.org/sjl/grabtweets/