Now that we know our Python 3 is up-to-date, we can add some additional tools. We'll be using several advanced packages to help in acquiring and analyzing raw data.
We're going to need to tap into the social network. There are a large number of candidate social networks that we could mine for information. We'll start with Twitter. We can access the Twitter feed using direct API requests. Rather than working through the protocols at a low level, we'll make use of a Python package that provides some simplifications.
Our first choice is the Twitter API project on PyPI, as follows: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/TwitterAPI/2.3.3.
This can be installed using
sudo pip3.4 install twitterapi.
We have some alternatives, one of which ...