Jason Morrison

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Bulk Populating Twitter Lists With Twurl

I collected a large number of Twitter usernames recently from conference websites (tryin’ to bone up on a new topic) and wanted to put them all into a new list. No UI? No problem! To the Twitter API we go…

  1. Create a list. Note its URL slug (its string representation in the URL).

  2. Create a new app at the Twitter developer site.

  3. After it’s created, go to “Settings”, scroll down, and change its access to “Read and Write”:

    Note the consumer key and consumer secret.

  4. Install twurl. It’s like curl, but for Twitter:

    $ gem install twurl
  5. Authorize twurl:

    $ twurl authorize --consumer-key your-key-goes-here \
                      --consumer-secret your-somewhat-longer-secret-goes-here

    Copy and visit the link it gives you, then paste the PIN code back into the console.

  6. Add the screen names to the list.

    Replace the list slug, your screen name, and the comma separated list of screen names that will go into the list with your own values:

    $ twurl -X POST
            -d "slug=sweet-songs&owner_screen_name=jayunit&screen_name=donkeysong,brian,gabe5000"

And you’re done! Go check out your list.

This could be wrapped up into a Twitter-authed app, which I’ll leave as an exercise.