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How can I batch download a bunch of pictures from Twitter?

Asked by sushilovinfun (153 points ) November 5th, 2011

I am trying to put together a project where I can download and analyze a number of the Occupy Wall Street photos from Twitter or Twitpic. I need to be able to download/play with that bunch of photos in order to do so. I am wondering if anyone has knowledge of a program, search engine or something else that might help me do this.

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XOIIO's avatar

You can’t unless it’s your own account. Why not just do it one by one?

bobby78's avatar

Try iMarcos, works with FF and Chrome. Start with scraping the URL’s

sushilovinfun's avatar

@bobby78 Did you mean iMacros? Can you explain how to do this “url scraping?”
@XOIIO The reason I don’t want to download each is because I want to work with 1,000s of images ideally which would mean having to sit and download 1,000s of images by hand.

XOIIO's avatar

@sushilovinfun Well, you’d best see if they upload them to another site like flickr, photobucket or facebook as well.

sushilovinfun's avatar

@XOIIO unfortunately, that would go against the research parameters.

sushilovinfun's avatar

@koanhead Fusking has confused me. Any advice with it would be appreciated.

koanhead's avatar

Fusking is confusing to everyone at first.
Personally, I love to fusk. It feels so good!

Ahem.
Anyway, to make it simple I use a Firefox extension called “firefusk”. After installing firefusk, I go to a site that has a lot of pictures (like twipic.com) and right-click on an image. This gives me a menu called “firefusk” which lists the image’s filename: [string_of_numbers].jpc and gives me some options.

Basically, what a fusker does is download numbered files from a web site. For example, I could give a fusker a command like “get http://twitpic.com/[1337-1440].jpg" and it would download 1337.jpg, then 1338.jpg and so on until it got to 1440.jpg.

Once you start using it it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s basically a subset of the functionality of wget or curl with a simpler interface.

bobby78's avatar

@sushilovinfun I might be missing something, but can’t you just go to twitpic, type your search term and then download the whole page to your desktop(FF – File/save pageas…) ?

sushilovinfun's avatar

@bobby78 But won’t that just download the thumbnail file? I would prefer to download the full original photo for fidelity’s sake.

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