Home Accessibility Courses Diary The Mouth Facebook Resources Site Map About Us Contact
How to tweet automatically from a blog

How to Tweet from a Blog

I'm using the MoveableType Blog software for "The Horses's Mouth" ... and I want to tweet my subject line for each new post. But I'm lazy, so I have set it up to happen automatically.

1. I post my blog entry in the usual way

2. I have added the following script at /home/wellho/tweeter/blogtweet on my server:

<php
mysql_connect("127.0.0.1","databaseuser","databasepassword");
mysql_select_db("wellho");
$rs = mysql_query("select entry_id,entry_title from mt_entry order by entry_id desc limit 1");
$hv = mysql_fetch_assoc($rs);
$leid = file_get_contents("blogtweet.txt");
if ($leid == $hv[entry_id]) exit();
`curl --basic --user wellho:twitterpassword --data status="[diary] - $hv[entry_title] - http://www.wellho.net/mouth/$hv[entry_id]_.html" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml`;
$fh = fopen("blogtweet.txt","w");
fputs($fh,$hv[entry_id]);
fclose($fh);
?>


See update (at end of this post) w.r.t. this code, which needed update, August 2009

3. I have added a regular timed (crontab) job on the server as follows:

10,25,45,58 * * * * cd /home/wellho/tweeter; /usr/local/bin/php blogtweet > /dev/null

So - about every 15 to 20 minutes - my server checks if a new blog entry has been added. And if it has, it uses curl to submit an update to twitter.

Note:

a) If I submit two blog items very quickly in succession, the first one may not be tweeted.

b) There is a time lapse of up to 20 minutes between me blogging and tweeting.

c) My script isn't 'clever' if I include quotes in my subject line

d) I haven't (in this simple example) checked the blog entry to make sure that it's actually been published.

e) An alternative curl that I tried (and worked) using Json was as follows:
curl -u wellho:twitterpassword -d status="Trying to Autotweet" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.json

Update - 9th August 2009 - The --basic option no longer works - indeed, tweets using it are simply being lost. Remove the option and carry on as before. I suspect that this change relates to the problems that Twitter have had over the last few days.
(written 2009-03-28, updated 2010-06-26)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
G911 - Well House Consultants - Search Engine Optimisation
  [4121] Has your Twitter feed stopped working? Switching to their new API - (2013-06-23)
  [3746] Google Analytics and the new UK Cookie law - (2012-06-02)
  [3670] Reading Google Analytics results, based on the relative populations of countries - (2012-03-24)
  [2748] Monitoring the success and traffic of your web site - (2010-05-01)
  [2686] Freedom of Information - consideration for web site designers - (2010-03-20)
  [2562] Tuning the web site for sailing on through this year - (2010-01-03)
  [2552] Web site traffic - real users, or just noise? - (2009-12-26)
  [2428] Diluting History - (2009-09-27)
  [2330] Update - Automatic feeds to Twitter - (2009-08-09)
  [2324] What search terms FAIL to bring visitors to our site, when they should? - (2009-08-05)
  [2137] Reaching the right people with your web site - (2009-04-23)
  [2106] Learning to Twitter / what is Twitter? - (2009-03-28)
  [2065] Static mirroring through HTTrack, wget and others - (2009-03-03)
  [2045] Does robots.txt actually work? - (2009-02-16)
  [2019] Baby Caleb and Fortune City in your web logs? - (2009-01-31)
  [2000] 2000th article - Remember the background and basics - (2009-01-18)
  [1984] Site24x7 prowls uninvited - (2009-01-10)
  [1982] Cooking bodies and URLs - (2009-01-08)
  [1971] Telling Google which country your business trades in - (2009-01-02)
  [1969] Search Engines. Getting the right pages seen. - (2009-01-01)
  [1793] Which country does a search engine think you are located in? - (2008-09-11)
  [1344] Catching up on indexing our resources - (2007-09-10)
  [1029] Our search engine placement is dropping. - (2007-01-11)
  [1015] Search engine placement - long term strategy and success - (2006-12-30)
  [427] The Melksham train - a button is pushed - (2005-08-28)
  [165] Implementing an effective site search engine - (2005-01-01)

H110 - PHP - HTML Web Page Data Handling
  [3926] Filtering PHP form inputs - three ways, but which should you use? - (2012-11-18)
  [3036] Sending out an email containing HTML from within a PHP page - (2010-11-07)
  [2135] What features does this visitors browser support? (PHP) - (2009-04-22)
  [2046] Finding variations on a surname - (2009-02-17)
  [2025] Injection Attack if register_globals in on - PHP - (2009-02-04)
  [1831] Text formating for HTML, with PHP - (2008-10-11)
  [1169] Emailing as HTML (Web Page) - PHP example - (2007-04-30)
  [1136] Buffering output - why it is done and issues raised in Tcl, Perl, Python and PHP - (2007-04-06)
  [1053] Sorting people by name in PHP - (2007-01-26)
  [1001] .pdf files - upload via PHP, store in MySQL, retrieve - (2006-12-19)
  [896] PHP - good coding practise and sticky radio buttons - (2006-10-17)
  [789] Hot answers in PHP - (2006-07-02)
  [589] Robust PHP user inputs - (2006-02-03)
  [50] Current cost in your local currency - (2004-09-16)


Back to
Learning to Twitter / what is Twitter?
Previous and next
or
Horse's mouth home
Forward to
Funny Amusing, Funny Amazing and The Smarts
Some other Articles
Business Networking for Melksham - 23rd April
MySQL - looking for records in one table that do NOT correspond to records in another table
Why most training fails ...
Funny Amusing, Funny Amazing and The Smarts
How to tweet automatically from a blog
Hire Car, from Atlanta Airport
Ruby Programming and Rails - 4 different courses in one
Ask the Tutor - Open Source forum
What do people think of our Apache httpd / Tomcat course?
4280 posts, page by page
Link to page ... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 at 50 posts per page


This is a page archived from The Horse's Mouth at http://www.wellho.net/horse/ - the diary and writings of Graham Ellis. Every attempt was made to provide current information at the time the page was written, but things do move forward in our business - new software releases, price changes, new techniques. Please check back via our main site for current courses, prices, versions, etc - any mention of a price in "The Horse's Mouth" cannot be taken as an offer to supply at that price.

Link to Ezine home page (for reading).
Link to Blogging home page (to add comments).

You can Add a comment or ranking to this page

© WELL HOUSE CONSULTANTS LTD., 2014: Well House Manor • 48 Spa Road • Melksham, Wiltshire • United Kingdom • SN12 7NY
PH: 01144 1225 708225 • FAX: 01144 1225 899360 • EMAIL: info@wellho.net • WEB: http://www.wellho.net • SKYPE: wellho

PAGE: http://www.wellho.net/mouth/2107_How ... -blog.html • PAGE BUILT: Sun Mar 30 15:20:58 2014 • BUILD SYSTEM: WomanWithCat