Add an API to retrieve Tweet threads
I request the Twitter to allow access to all the replies of a tweet (all the conversations of a thread). It would be very useful for academics working in user behavior analysis, argumentation mining, hate speech detection because comment or reply reflects the actual thought process of a replying user.
We are working on defining ways of retrieving a thread using a specific endpoint.
In the meantime, you can use the full archive search endpoint to retrieve an entire conversation thread (https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/twitter-api/conversation-id).
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Diana Ascher commented
I had to build a paths function into an existing program to get this data a few years ago for my dissertation. An API for researchers to access this data easily would be extremely helpful.
Tom Wolff commented
Twitter is a rich platform for research because it's a site where users discuss a wide range of topics with one another. At present, however, there is no reliable way for researchers to collect all tweets that are in conversation with one another. This is largely due to the fact that individual replies are connected to a parent tweet through a single `reply_to_status_id` number. Data currently available through Twitter's API provides no way of knowing whether this parent tweet has its own parent tweet in turn. In addition to adding the API described above, including a unique ID number for each "conversation" or "thread" would allow researchers to see if there is a need to use a thread API.
Igor Brigadir commented
The good news is this is already under review in the Labs section:
Vote those up too!