As promised in my previous post, here is a brief howto on getting started with twython. The main advantage of Twython over several other python (or any other language) wrappers for Twitter API is that it works even when you are behind your organizations proxy.
You can download latest version of twython from twython page on github. You can either clone using git (if you have git installed) or can click the download button.
Once you are done with extracting the downloaded tar file. Change directory to twython and run these command as root.
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[root@fedora ~]$ git clone git://github.com/ryanmcgrath/twython.git [root@fedora ~]$ cd twython/dist [root@fedora dist]$ tar -xvzf twython-0.8.tar.gz [root@fedora dist]$ cd twython-0.8/ [root@fedora dist]$ python setup.py build [root@fedora dist]$ python setup.py install
Use Twython from Python Interpreter
Below is a direct copy paste lines from my interpreter. See how things are working (learning by doing).
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[saini@bordeaux ~]$ python Python 2.6 (r26:66714, Mar 17 2009, 11:44:21) [GCC 4.4.0 20090313 (Red Hat 4.4.0-0.26)] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> # first of all, import twython module >>> import twython >>> # Authenticate your twitter account with your twitter username ... # and password with twitter.setup method. >>> client = twython.setup('Basic','myusername','mypassword') >>> client.authenticated True >>> #Lets update our current status on twitter with some cool message. >>> client.updateStatus('Testing #twython. The coolest #TwitterAPI :)') >>> # Now go and check your current status on twitter. Surprised!!! >>> # Get your or anyone's followers >>> client.getFollowersIDs(screen_name='gofedora') >>> # Output truncated. >>> # Get help for any function. >>> print client.createFriendship.__doc__ createFriendship(id = None, user_id = None, screen_name = None, follow = "false") Allows the authenticating users to follow the user specified in the ID parameter. Returns the befriended user in the requested format when successful. Returns a string describing the failure condition when unsuccessful. If you are already friends with the user an HTTP 403 will be returned. Parameters: ** Note: One of the following is required. (id, user_id, screen_name) id - Required. The ID or screen name of the user to befriend. user_id - Required. Specfies the ID of the user to befriend. Helpful for disambiguating when a valid user ID is also a valid screen name. screen_name - Required. Specfies the screen name of the user to befriend. Helpful for disambiguating when a valid screen name is also a user ID. follow - Optional. Enable notifications for the target user in addition to becoming friends. >>>
So now you are ready to do wonders with twython. Write your own code and blog/brag about it 🙂