Nanobot: A Tiny Little Twitterbot Framework

I’ve written a few posts here in the past on twitterbots — little bits of code that can generate and respond to tweets. Since those posts were published, I’ve traded messages with a few people who used the code for my original bot to write their own, and when I recently went back to the original post I noticed this at the end:

Now that I’ve built this and seen it running, I can imagine extracting the underlying logic for this into a little twitterbot framework so that next time I get a weird urge to do something like this and a few hours that I have nothing better to do with, I can make another bot quickly.

I pulled together a few hours this past week and did exactly that, creating a Python twitterbot framework that I’m calling ‘nanobot’. (more…)

Is RSS Dead Yet?

So I’m building these web apps in my spare time (because that’s what I do), and I’m adding RSS feeds for certain types of updates, et cetera. But when I think of my immediate friends & family, I don’t picture them using RSS. Not everyone can be so serious about computers, I guess.

So, on a whim, I type into Google something like “Who uses RSS?” But all the articles start with something more like “Who uses RSS any more?

As if it were a fad.


Bot on the Stream

You may remember my post from a while back about my experiences writing a Twitter bot. On my desktop, I keep an instance of TweetDeck running throughout the day, and one of its columns is set to view the notifications for @tmbotg. One of the bits of code in the bot is that any time another twitter user @-mentions the bot (or does an old-style “RT” retweet), the bot creates a favorite for that tweet. Recently I’ve noticed that retweets have been showing up in that column, but not getting faved. What’s up with that? (more…)

2014 Review: Day 8

Taking an opportunity to look back at some of our most-read posts from this year, in case you missed them the first time, as the last few days of the year slip by us…

William Allen White

William Allen White


My turn! Earlier this year I wrote about a little Twitterbot that I wrote to periodically tweet out snippets of lyrics from songs by the band They Might Be Giants…


Tutorial: Adding Facebook/Twitter/Google Authentication to a Django Application

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I needed to add Facebook authentication to a Django app today, and instead of writing it directly against the Facebook API (or re-implementing the OAuth2 dance again), I decided to look around and see if there’s a pre-packaged solution for this common task. Turns out, there’s an excellent project called Python Social Auth, and it covers pretty much any social website with an authentication API.

As it often happens with amazing open-source projects, the documentation is somewhat minimalistic. One key piece that I could not find was a tutorial. This post is aiming to fill that gap. In this tutorial, we will use Facebook, Twitter and Google, as the most common social APIs, but we could easily substitute them with LinkedIn, Yahoo, Forsquare, or a bunch of other providers supported by Python Social Auth library. (more…)