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Ephemeral Tweets

You can read more about the backstory and code in my blog post.

Ephemeral Tweets is a Node.js script that automatically deletes your old tweets. It runs on webtask for free and is highly inspired by Vicky Lai‘s ephemeral.

This script removes all tweets from your timeline that are older than a certain number of days. It will delete up to 200 tweets per execution (as per Twitter‘s rate limits) and runs on any schedule.

Setup

You will need to head over to Twitter apps, create an app, and generate keys and access tokens. Then copy .secrets.sample, rename it to .secrets, and fill them in.

Then get an account with webtask, install the webtask CLI (npm install -g wt-cli) and authenticate with wt init.

You are now all set to run

$ npm start

which installs all dependencies and exposes the script as a webtask URL that you can call. Do not forget to set the secret MAX_TWEET_AGE inside the secrets file to your desired number of days.

MAX_TWEET_AGE=7

Keybase.io Proof Tweet

If you are using keybase.io in combination with Twitter, you are asked to post a tweet as proof that you operate the account you claim to own. To prevent the tweet from being deleted (so that people can later verify it) just add its ID to the .secrets file.

KEYBASE_TWEET_ID=906327550661623808

Testing

$ npm test

Deployment

If you want to deploy the webtask so it triggers automatically, run

$ npm run deploy

You can set the cron schedule inside package.json. Per default it is set to '0 3 * * *' in timezone Europe/Berlin (see other IANA timezone names on Wikipedia), so it would run every day, at 3:00 am CEST.

🎉 Webtask will host and run your code for free as long as you stay below one call per second.

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