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How To Lose Every Follower in 10 Days

juicecountyprodigy profile image Juice County Prodigy ・3 min read

This post originally appeared on the blog &computers and has been truncated a bit.

&computers might not have the answers to growing a twitter following, but we just might have the answers to shrinking one. A step-by-step guide to losing all your twitter followers.

Depending on what type of developer you are, you might have a different pattern of making commits, some people like committing really frequently while some people make commits way less often. It really depends on the nature of the project, who you're working with, team culture, etc. But a generallly accepted rule is to commit early & often.

Anyways, this article is about losing followers.. so I'm sharing a teeny project about how to send a tweet every time you make a commit 😅

If you'd like to see it in action, follow this account


you'll get a bunch of tweets like this.. actually these are the only type of tweets you'll get.. enjoy!
  1. Get your developer tokens from Twitter's application developer site and make sure your permissions are set to "Read and Write"

  2. Fill out the .profiles.ini file with as many different twitter account keys as you would like.

[default] 
CONSUMER_KEY=your_key 
CONSUMER_SECRET=my_secret_key 
ACCESS_TOKEN=my_token 
ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET=my_secret_token  

[kevindurantactual] 
CONSUMER_KEY=your_key 
CONSUMER_SECRET=my_secret_key 
ACCESS_TOKEN=my_token 
ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET=my_secret_token  

[kevindurantfanacct] 
CONSUMER_KEY=your_key 
CONSUMER_SECRET=my_secret_key 
ACCESS_TOKEN=my_token 
ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET=my_secret_token 
  1. run pip install -r requirements.txt to install dependencies (its just tweepy and configparser)

  2. Run python start_tweeting.py default to tweet from the account associated with the keys listed under default in .profiles.ini

  3. When prompted select the folder of the repository you are interested in tweeting out commits for.

  4. Watch as all your fake friends unfollow you.


Verify it Worked

Go to the local repository that you selected to tweet from and find the .git folder.

Note that most operating systems have folders that start with "." hidden. To unhide folders on Mac OSX press Command+Shift+.

Once you've found the .git folder, look for 2 files named post-commit and post_commit_hook_autogen.py in the repository's git hooks directory: your_repo/.git/hooks/

Open the post_commit_hook_autogen.py file and verify that the Twitter API credentials you supplied are present in the config dictionary. It should look like this.

python def main():
"""
Get these values from https://apps.twitter.com/
See more detailed instructions in the README.md
"""
cfg = {
    "consumer_key": "some-random-str-thing",
    "consumer_secret": "and-another-one-but-secretive",
    "access_token": "a-long-string-too",
    "access_token_secret" : "a-secretive-long-string"
}

When You Get Tired or Your Follower Count Goes Down to 0

Run the following command: bash stop_tweeting.sh
Supply the path to the repository that you had previously been terrorizing followers from.


GitHub logo and-computers / HowToTweetEveryCommit

Tweet After All Commit Messages...have you ever wanted to lose all of your followers by tweeting every single commit message to the world?

Contributing

Its still pretty early but if you have suggestions, thoughts, feedback, criticism, etc feel free to open a PR or submit an Issue. Thanks in advance 😊 Could definitely use verification that this works on Windows.


Supporting

If ya feeling generous, hollr @ the kid ❤️
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1. adapted from this gist I changed the gist a bit by using Tweepy library because I was having some issues with oauth-sign and http-post install from tar.gz was giving me problems and python is just easier. hopefully this makes it a bit more usable for someone else. enjoy!

GIF Credit for API Keys

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