Can I import Twitter data in ATLAS.ti?

Can I import Twitter data in ATLAS.ti?

I wish that I could analyze recent and popular Tweets from Twitter. Can I do this with ATLAS.ti?

Yes, you can directly import Tweets into ATLAS.ti 8.

  • To import Twitter data in ATLAS.ti Windows, select the Import & Export tab and from there Twitter.
  • To import Twitter data in ATLAS.ti Mac, select Document > Import from Twitter from the main menu.

If you do this for the first time, you have to authorize ATLAS.ti to access your account by a New Category entering your username and password.

  • Enter a query. You can also look for multiple hashtags (e.g. #WorldAidsDay|#HIV|#Aids) or authors by using OR.
  • Next, select whether you want to import the most recent or the most popular tweets and whether to include re-tweets, images and profile images.
  • After you have made your select, click Import Tweets.

Note that you only will be able to import tweets from the last week. Further, as the final selection is done by Twitter and not within our control, queries at different times, or on different computers may result in different tweets.

Video Tutorial
Working with Tweets

Automatic Coding and Linking of Tweets

The imported data is automatically coded based on the selection you make. Tweets often contain many more hashtags than the original one that you searched for. Coding all hashtags often results in great many codes.

You can choose to code:

  • only the queried hashtags.
  • the author
  • all mentioned users
  • the location
  • the language.

An automatic link can be created between:

  • authors and locations
  • authors and mentioned users.

These linkages can be visualized using ATLAS.ti networks.