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A wrapper around request to consume the Twitter API

Examples

A repo with examples can be viewed here.

Oauth

It's necessary with every call to include oauth credentials for your app and the credentials of the user on behalf of whom you are making the request.

var options = {
  oauth:  {
    consumer_key: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',
    consumer_secret: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',
    token: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',
    token_secret: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
  }
};

The options would be passed to a method in Bird with the consumer key and consumer secret of your app in place of the placeholder I've shown. And the token and token secret of the user requested through the normal oauth procedure. An example can be found in the example repo above.

Streams

Bird is a wrapper around request. And request offers a stream interface and the standard Node callback interface. Bird does this just as well.

Imagine an express route that returns a users home timeline as json. You can pipe the call directly to the response.

app.get('/home', function(req, res){
  // assuming you have the users oauth credentials
  Bird.timelines.home({ oauth: oauth }).pipe(res)
});

Media

Uploading media is a 2-part process.

var Bird = require('bird');
var path = require('path');

var options = {
  oauth:  {
    consumer_key: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',
    consumer_secret: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',
    token: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',
    token_secret: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
  },
  media: path.resolve('path/to/filename')
};

Bird.media.upload(options, function(err, r, body) {
  if (err) {
   throw err;
  }

  var options = {
    oauth:  {
      consumer_key: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',
      consumer_secret: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',
      token: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',
      token_secret: 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
    },
    status: 'hello world',
    media_ids: JSON.parse(body).media_id_string
  };
  Bird.tweets.tweet(options, function(err, r, body){
    if (err) {
      throw err;
    }
    console.log('successfully tweeted media');
  });
});

Promises

Promises are not available directly with bird, but it's easy to wrap node-style error first methods with Q.denodeify. Here is an example.

var Bird  = require('bird');
var Q     = require('q');
var tweet = Q.denodeify(Bird.tweets.tweet);

tweet({
  oauth: oauth,
  status: 'Tweeting with promises!'
}).then(function(result){
  var resp = result[0], body = result[1];
});

Testing

$ git clone https://github.com/aackerman/bird.git
$ cd bird
$ export TW_CONSUMER_KEY='XXXXXXXXXXXX'
$ export TW_CONSUMER_SECRET='XXXXXXXXXX'
$ export TW_TEST_TOKEN='XXXXXXXXXXX'
$ export TW_TEST_TOKEN_SECRET='XXXXXXXXXX'
$ npm i
$ npm test

TW_CONSUMER_KEY and TW_CONSUMER_SECRET should be oauth values provided from a test app. TW_TEST_TOKEN and TW_TEST_TOKEN_SECRET should be a users token and token secret which can be obtained through the twitter apps website.

Methods

❯ node
> require('./index')
{ auth:
   { requestToken: ...,
     accessToken: ... },
  timelines:
   { home: ...,
     mentions: ...,
     user: ...,
     retweetsOfMe: ... },
  tweets:
   { retweets: ...,
     show: ...,
     oembed: ...,
     retweeters: ...,
     update: ...,
     tweet: ...,
     destroy: ...,
     retweet: ...,
     updateWithMedia: ... },
  search: { tweets: ... },
  messages:
   { index: ...,
     sent: ...,
     show: ...,
     destroy: ...,
     new: ... },
  friends: { index: ..., list: ... },
  friendships:
   { noRetweets: ...,
     show: ...,
     lookup: ...,
     incoming: ...,
     outgoing: ...,
     create: ...,
     destroy: ...,
     update: ... },
  followers: { index: ..., list: ... },
  account:
   { settings: ...,
     verify: ...,
     banner: ...,
     updateSettings: ...,
     updateDeliveryDevice: ...,
     updateProfile: ...,
     updateProfileBackgroundImage: ...,
     updateProfileColors: ...,
     updateProfileImage: ...,
     removeProfileBanner: ...,
     updateProfileBanner: ... },
  blocks:
   { list: ...,
     index: ...,
     create: ...,
     destroy: ... },
  users:
   { lookup: ...,
     show: ...,
     search: ...,
     contributees: ...,
     contributors: ...,
     suggestionsWithSlug: ...,
     suggestionsWithSlugMembers: ...,
     reportSpam: ... },
  favorites:
   { list: ...,
     create: ...,
     destroy: ... },
  lists:
   { list: ...,
     statuses: ...,
     memberships: ...,
     subscribers: ...,
     showSubscribers: ...,
     removeMember: ...,
     createMember: ...,
     removeSubscriber: ...,
     createSubscriber: ... },
  geo:
   { place: ...,
     geocode: ...,
     search: ...,
     similarPlaces: ...,
     createPlace: ... },
  trends:
   { place: ...,
     available: ...,
     closest: ... },
  spam: { report: ... },
  help:
   { configuration: ...,
     languages: ...,
     privacy: ...,
     tos: ... },
  application: { rateLimits: ... },
  media: { upload: ... } }

Author

twitter/_aaronackerman_
Aaron Ackerman