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Write your own URLs
Hello, reporters! I was at NICAR for most of last week, and one thing that kept coming up in conversation was social media data.
In fact, a panelist recommended Lam Thuy Vo’s book, which I’ve also been meaning to recommend for like a year now. Her publisher sent me a free copy back when it came out. (I didn’t even ask for it, they just sent me it out of the blue… I think that means I’m an influencer?)
I ended up reading it during quarantine and was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading code printed out on a page. Probably the most accessible part is Chapter 2, API calls.
An API call is like your own special, bespoke URL. It looks like this:
Unfortunately these calls are like, CODE code, so you’ll have to jump through some hoops like creating a “key” and potentially writing a script to put all this data somewhere. But even just typing your own URL into a search bar can be powerful. Watch those platforms, reporters!
Did you miss the last TFR? David Cohn introduced us to the many organizational powers of Roam