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At present I have wrote the code below to parse Twitter hashtags "#emotionalclothing".


What I really want to do is parse hashtags or status updates with any instance of the phase "emotionalclothing".


So say there's a word that reads "blahemotionalclothingblah" in a status update how could retrieve that status update just by searching for a regex with "emotionalclothing" in it?


Here's my code so far: Thanks Stuart




$pagetitle = "Pull Twitter Hashtags";


function getTweets($hash_tag) {


$url = 'http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q='.urlencode($hash_tag) ;

echo "<p>Connecting to <strong>$url</strong> ...</p>";

$ch = curl_init($url);


$xml = curl_exec ($ch);

curl_close ($ch);


//If you want to see the response from Twitter, uncomment this next part out:

//echo "<p>Response:</p>";

//echo "<pre>".htmlspecialchars($xml)."</pre>";


$affected = 0;

$twelement = new SimpleXMLElement($xml);

foreach ($twelement->entry as $entry) {

$text = trim($entry->title);

$author = trim($entry->author->name);

$time = strtotime($entry->published);

$id = $entry->id;

echo "<p>Tweet from ".$author.": <strong>".$text."</strong> <em>Posted ".date('n/j/y g:i a',$time)."</em></p>";



return true ;






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