Gary Glitter Twitter Bot

Behold! The Gary Glitter Twitter Bot

It’s alive…

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:

https://tomfogarty.com/glitterfeed.php

This URL is then used with Yahoo Pipes to create an RSS feed here:

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_id=fd58a8756ab1250c1891fbfb0e82df74&_render=rss

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…

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Funny, Web

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This is a personal website and the views expressed here are my own (or stolen from other people down the pub). Facts may not be accurate, or could be poorly paraphrased gags borrowed from proper writers - or simply, outright lies.
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