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node-twbot

This library provides the microframework to implement a twitter bot program.

How to use

OAuth Configuration

You need to get OAuth configuration before implementing your bot.

At first, use twbot:config command to generate oauth_token.

$ twbot:config YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET
The 'sys' module is now called 'util'. It should have a similar interface.
please visit http://twitter.com/oauth/authorize?oauth_token=ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ to get verification code.
input verification code: XXXXXX

Then open your browser, go to authorize url, and input verification code.

*********************************************************************
Access key/secret have been successfully retrieved from Twitter
You can use Bot application by following constructions.
*********************************************************************

var TwBot = require("twbot").TwBot;
var bot = new TwBot({"consumerKey":"YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY","consumerSecret":"YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET","accessKey":"YOUR_ACCESS_KEY","accessSecret":"YOUR_ACCESS_SECRET"})

You can use the above statement to initialize bot object.

Implement Raw Events.

a bot instance is an EventEmitter instance. You can addListener/on function to define your event handers.

bot.on('tweet', function(data){
    console.log(data.text);
});

bot.on('mentioned', function(data){
    console.log(data.text);
});

Implement Match Events

Focusing on tweet stream, you can use match function to trigger functions only when conditions are matched.

bot.match(
  '#node-twbot',
  function(tweet){  // only executed when the tweet include #node-twbot hashtag.
     console.log(tweet.text);
  }
);

The first argument accepts String or RegExp, which are compared with the tweet text. It also accept an function, which returns true to execute the handler.

Starting event loop

A bot instance currently uses only UserStream API. To start streaming event loop, execute as follows:

bot.startUserStream();

To stop the bot, kill the process. If connection reset by Twitter server, it try to reconnect in several seconds.

Examples

See more examples on the examples directory.

Plugins

The plugins directory contains several useful implementations.

  • auto-follow
  • store-couchdb
  • ... etc

To use plugins, just call the load method with plugin file path (require.paths is used to load).

bot.loadPlugin('twbot/auto-follow');

You can implement your own plugin in your application.

Lisense

MIT License

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