PLEASE NOTE – The Gary Glitter Twitter Bot was developed as a joke. I am not a nonce, I do not run paedofile rings.
Now, onto the post…
I was bored over the festive season, so I decided to do some PHP coding and make something useful. But then I made the Gary Glitter Twitter Bot instead. This all got started because I had a bout of insomnia last week, and Tweeted “I am bored“. Half an hour later I noticed that I had been retweeted by some Bored Bot. This then got me thinking about what kind of Bot I would make if I had the chance?
I toyed with a few ideas first (No-Pants Bot, Skinhead Bot, Rasputin Bot, Clockwork Orange Bot etc.) – before it struck me – Gary Glitter!
How it works is this:
Saved a Twitter search for “Gary Glitter” and pulled the results into a PHP generated page on my server:
This URL is then used with Yahoo Pipes to create an RSS feed here:
I then used Twitterfeed to post it through to the @garyglitterbot Twitter account.
Then every half an hour it auto-searches for “Gary Glitter” tweets and copied them (5 at a time). It’s not working 100% properly yet as it doesn’t actually retweet the results – it just copies them and tweets (basically stealing) – although it does provide a link back the original source.
Still, it’s my contribution to the world and I’m very proud.
LATEST UPDATES – all bugs mentioned above are now fixed. The Gary Glitter Twitter Bot now retweets properly. “COME ON, COME ON…“