Scott W. Bradley

in which scottwb thinks out loud

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Twitter Image Search and Download

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Last night the sunset in the Seattle area was in rare form. You might have thought there was a double rainbow by the way everyone was going on about it. My wife even noted that her Facebook feed was filled with pictures of it.

So I thought it would be funny to scour Twitter for all the pictures of it that I could find and post them to Facebook just to be a smart-ass.

I sat down to whip out a quick-and-dirty script to do this for me. By the time it was ready, I had lost the smart-ass urge to post them to Facebook, but what I ended up with turns out to be a handy little tool.

You can grab it from my github page at

It’s pretty easy to use. You give it a search term and it creates a directory and downloads a bunch of matching images.

The sunset may have passed, but this morning we have over a millimeter of snow in the Seattle area and all hell is breaking loose. It’s SNOWPOCALPSE 2012!!! So, of course I ran this script:

$ ./twitter-image-search.rb "seattle #snowpocalypse2012"

And you can see from the results, people are clearly a bit worked up about the snow: