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dretweet - Direct Message Retweet
dretweet is a small tool to periodically retrieve direct messages sent to a
Twitter[1] account. It will then send the messages on behalf of that account,
letting it look like someone would have written the tweet while logged in to
that account.
This is useful for Twitter accounts that belong to a group or project. Since
only people that are being followed by an account can send it a direct
message, no additional authentication is needed.
dretweet can be installed on any host that runs PHP 5 or higher. It is usually
run via a cron job.
A b o u t d r e t w e e t
dretweet was written by Tim 'Scytale' Weber and is licensed under the terms of
the X11 license, see the LICENSE file.
This project is _active_, patches and ideas are encouraged.
Project page:
Git repository: git://
Twitter account:
of Scytale:
R e q u i r e m e n t s
* PHP 5 or higher
* cURL extension
* SimpleXML extension
I n s t a l l a t i o n
- Get the source and unpack it somewhere. You can use "git clone
git://" if you want, that'll simplify updating
later on.
- Create a configuration file in dretweet's directory. The file can have any
name you want, but it has to end in ".conf.php". A good idea is to use the
user name it is for, e.g. scytale.conf.php. Have a look in example.conf to
see the two variables you need to set and how to configure additional
settings like a "who is allowed to post" whitelist.
- You can have any number of config files you want. dretweet will use them
one after the other to query and post to multiple accounts.
- Make sure that dretweet.php gets called in regular intervals, for example
by a cronjob.
F r e q u e n t l y A s k e d Q u e s t i o n s
- So everybody who is followed by the account dretweet posts to has the right
to send new messages?
Yep, except if you limit the set of people further by using the $DRE_ALLOW
variable. Have a look in example.conf to see how it works.
- Could people send something like "LEAVE theoriginaladminsname" and take
control over everything?
Yep. Trust the people, or don't follow them. Luckily, they cannot change
the account's password, so you can still lock them out when they start
doing nasty stuff.
- Would it be possible to ADD FEATURE X?
Most likely. However, my time is limited. You may ask for new features, but
be prepared for "sorry, I'm currently not interested in implementing this".
If you write the feature yourself and send a patch, the chance to have it
included is much higher. ;)
- Is dretweet "Twitpocalypse Safe"?
Yes, sir. Starting from 0.3.3 we're using floats instead of ints which
leads to a lot more possible values.
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