Here’s a quick way to get tweets from tweepy. It’s just a simple way to get the UTC timestamp, whether it’s a retweet and namereplace some of the encoded strings.

#!/usr/bin/env python

   pip install tweepy

from __future__ import absolute_import, print_function

import tweepy
from tweepy.streaming import StreamListener
from tweepy import OAuthHandler
from tweepy import Stream

import sys

# Go to and create an app.
# The consumer key and secret will be generated for you after
consumer_key="CONSUMER KEY"
consumer_secret="CONSUMER SECRET"

# After the step above, you will be redirected to your app's page.
# Create an access token under the the "Your access token" section
access_token="ACCESS TOKEN"
access_token_secret="ACCESS SECRET"

if __name__ == '__main__':

    if len(sys.argv) == 1:
        print("You need to supply a twitter id")
        print("Example:\n%s mchirico\n" % (sys.argv[0]))

    auth = OAuthHandler(consumer_key, consumer_secret)
    auth.set_access_token(access_token, access_token_secret)
    api = tweepy.API(auth)

    for i  in tweepy.Cursor(api.user_timeline, id='mchirico', include_rts = True).items():
        if not i.retweeted:
            print("%s,origional,%s" % (i.created_at.strftime('%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S'), i.text.encode('ascii', 'namereplace')  ))
            print("%s,retweeted,%s" % (i.created_at.strftime('%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S'), i.text.encode('ascii', 'namereplace')  ))