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PHP Download Twitter Friends and Follow Back
Last edited on: 19/04/2013 - 20:10

This continues my earlier tutorial PHP Download Twitter Followers and Save in MySQL Database by providing the functionality to:

  1. Download an account's friends and save this into a MySQL database
  2. Provide a discrepancy check between this list and the followers list, and delete all friends that are not also following
  3. Provide a discrepancy check between followers and friends, and follow back all those the account is not currently following
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PHP Download Twitter Followers and Save in MySQL Database
Last edited on: 16/04/2013 - 22:34

Regular readers will know I created a TwitterBot and documented it here. The biggest problems with the system which retweets according to search criteria are two-fold:

  1. It can be hijacked by the malicious / nefarious for sending off-message tweets to the entire follower base
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PHP Retweeting Twitter Bot Using Streaming API Search Results
Last edited on: 16/04/2013 - 22:00

The introduction of the Twitter Streaming API now provides the Twitter developer with an accurate method of obtaining real-time search results. Previously the developer would have had to use the existing REST service which is not guaranteed to provide either timely or thorough results. The new Streaming API can be used with basic authentication based on an existing account, whilst the REST API requires the more complex OAuth method of authentication.

Armed with this knowledge I decided to develop a Twitter Bot with the following functionality:

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