Search Twitter Public Timeline with Python

This Python function takes a search string as a parameter and returns a dictionary representing the JSON returned by Twitter with your search results from the public timeline. Code requires simplejson. It supports all the parameters as defined by Twitter here.

def search_public_timeline(q, refresh_url=None, **kwargs):
    Searches the public timeline for the q string. There is no sanity checking
    of the parameters. It's all passed straight to the API. Spec defined here:
    If you send refresh_url then all parameters are ignored. Example usage:
    search_public_timeline('menendez', since='2010-04-15')
    Ed Menendez - [email protected]
    >>> len(search_public_timeline('the')['results']) > 1
    if not refresh_url:
        parms = {}
        parms['q'] = q
        query_str = '?%s' % urllib.urlencode(parms)
        query_str = refresh_url
    u = '' % query_str
    #user_agent = 'Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT)'
    #headers = {'User-Agent' : user_agent}
    req = urllib2.Request(u) #, None, headers
    return simplejson.load(urllib2.urlopen(req))