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  • Last Updated : 05 Jun, 2020

Twitter is a popular social network where users share messages called tweets. Twitter allows us to mine the data of any user using Twitter API or Tweepy. The data will be tweets extracted from the user. The first thing to do is get the consumer key, consumer secret, access key and access secret from twitter developer available easily for each user. These keys will help the API for authentication.


The API.update_status() method of the API class in Tweepy module is used to update the authenticated user’s current status or in simple words, tweeting.

Syntax : API.update_status(parameters)

Parameters :

  • status : The text of the tweet / status update.
  • in_reply_to_status_id : The ID of the tweet that the new tweet is being replied to.
  • attachment_url : This provides a URL as a tweet attachment.
  • media_ids : A list of media_ids to be associated with the tweet.
  • possibly_sensitive : Set it to True if the tweet might contain sensitive data.
  • lat : The latitude of the tweet.
  • long : The longitude of the tweet.
  • place_id : The name of the place of the tweet.
  • display_coordinates : Set this value to True if the exact coordinates of the tweet have to be displayed.

Returns : an object of the class Status

Example 1 :Using the update_status() method with only the text and no other parameter.

# import the module
import tweepy
# assign the values accordingly
consumer_key = ""
consumer_secret = ""
access_token = ""
access_token_secret = ""
# authorization of consumer key and consumer secret
auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(consumer_key, consumer_secret)
# set access to user's access key and access secret 
auth.set_access_token(access_token, access_token_secret)
# calling the api 
api = tweepy.API(auth)
# the text to be tweeted
status = "This is a tweet."
# posting the tweet

Output :

Example 2 :Using the update_status() method with in_reply_to_status_id parameter to reply to the previous tweet.

# the text to be tweeted
status = "This is a tweet is a reply."
# the ID of the tweet to be replied to
in_reply_to_status_id = ""
# posting the tweet
api.update_status(status, in_reply_to_status_id)

Output :

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