Twitter Bot

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Twitter Bot Encyclopedia' by Elizaveta Pritychenko.

Twitter bot 001.jpg

MrRetweet @proust2000 by Jonas Lund


Captain Tweet by Inge Hoonte


Project wiki page

Follows the Captain's James Cook logs, posting its day to day entries.

Welcome on board of the Weymouth. This is the captain's log for the journey between Portsmouth, England, and Algoa Bay, South Africa. Departure July 10, 1819.

Capt cook.jpg


Lots of data is available from Twitter via a public API (so using an API key may not be required, depending on your use)

Print the latest tweets from a particular user


import urllib2, json
screen_name = "TRACKGent"
url = "" + screen_name
data = json.load(urllib2.urlopen(url))

print len(data), "tweets"
tweet = data[0]
print tweet.keys()

for tweet in data:
    print tweet['text']

Other examples

You can also use feedparser:

import feedparser
url = ""
feed = feedparser.parse(url)
for e in feed.entries:
    print e.title.encode("utf-8")
import feedparser
url = ""
feed = feedparser.parse(url)
for e in feed.entries:
    for word in e.title.split():
        print word.encode("utf-8")

An older example using JSON:

from urllib import urlencode
import urllib2
import json

def openURL (url, user_agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; fr; rv: Gecko/20091109 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.5.5"):
    Returns: tuple with (file, actualurl)
    sets user_agent & follows redirection if necessary
    realurl maybe different than url in the case of a redirect
    request = urllib2.Request(url)
    if user_agent:
        request.add_header("User-Agent", user_agent)
    realurl = pagefile.geturl()
    return (pagefile, realurl)

def getJSON (url):
    (f, url) = openURL(url)
    return json.loads(


data = getJSON(TWITTER_SEARCH + "?" + urlencode({'q': 'Rotterdam'}))
for r in data['results']:
    print r['text']