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Open Source Datamining for Social Media Accounts with ThinkUp

Dec 15, 2011, 23:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"Proprietary social networking platforms have a few distinct issues for free software users, but one of the biggest is that it is often hard — if not impossible — to extract your information from them. With Twitter, for example, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and wait for more tweets to load via JavaScript, but you can't sort and analyze them yourself. But that's exactly what the open source application ThinkUp does for you.

"The code for ThinkUp was recently declared 1.0, and is stable for multi-user setups with multiple services.

"Using the official APIs of various social media services, ThinkUp lets you import all of your own posts, and drill down through the relevant information about them — which proved popular with other users, what topics are the hottest, and so on. No hacking or terms-of-service violation is required. Plus, since it's open source, you can find a number of plugins to extend the service to new platforms. ThinkUp is licensed under the GPLv3, and is written in PHP with a MySQL database back-end. All you need to get started is a standard LAMP server."

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