"Is there any way that I can somehow get access to the tweets of several dozen spam accounts (prior to when they're shut down) so that I can see what they're posting? Is this possible somehow?"
I think this is not possible as yet. (unless you are twitter themselves, they have the data but I dont think it is 'exposed') "I'm conducting a research project involving proactively identifying twitter spam accounts before they actually start spamming." How do you plan to identify a priori, those accounts that are likely to start spamming before they even send out their first spam, if access to tweets of 'suspended' twitter spam accounts is not possible? http://MohanArun.com/how-to-identify-twitter-spam/ - Mohan -- Twitter developer documentation and resources: http://dev.twitter.com/doc API updates via Twitter: http://twitter.com/twitterapi Issues/Enhancements Tracker: http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/list Change your membership to this group: http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk