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TweetSpoiler: aka the Service

Source code for the service. Simple online service for posting spoilers on Twitter in a polite an unobtrusive way. Instead of spelling them right in the tweet you post them to this service and a tweet with a link to the spoiler is auto-generated in your timeline.

Designed to run on the Heroku cloud hosting platform.


Here are some of the main dependencies:


To build on Ubuntu you need the following dependencies in addition to Ruby and Gems:

sudo aptitude install libsqlite3-dev
sudo aptitude install libpq-dev

On windows you will need to download SQLite and extract the sqlite3.dll into your Ruby bin directory. On most systems this will be something like:


Once those are on the system install all the other dependencies using bundler:

bundle install

Finally, you need to, get Heroku Toolbelt. On Ubuntu you can just run:

wget -qO- | sh

This will download and install it for you. On Windows use the default installer. Note: install it to a path without spaces (eg. c:\heroku) - otherwise you will have a bad time.

While you are at it, add a PostreSQL add-in in your Heroku account via the website - this is probably easiest.

Install heroku config plugin using the heroku toolbelt:

heroku plugins:install git://

Now pull the .env file from heroku servers:

heroku config:pull

It should already contain your database connection string. Update the .env file with your Twitter API keys then push it back using:

heroku config:push

After you push, add the following value to the .env file:


This will let you authenticate your app while running locally. When you are ready to deploy you will need to set that key via the command line for your production environment:

heroku config:set CALLBACK_URL=http://yourdomain.tld/auth

Never commit the .env file to github as this will reveal your API keys.

To run the app locally use:

foreman start

Foreman should be able to obtain config values from the .env file.


To deploy:

git push
git push heroku master


  • Better Readme
  • Ability to edit spoilers you created
  • Ability to delete spoilers you created
  • Admin panel of some sort
  • Captcha to prevent spam


Heroku based Twitter app for posting spoilers.



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