27 November 2010

Send a Direct Message Tweet with Groovy

Alright.  Using the Twitter4J library and Groovy, I've beaten down the OAuth beast and have a simple example app to send a "update status" tweet.

Now instead of sending a message to my own account, let's do a real easy mod to send a Direct Message to a specific user   Using the same app as before, the only changes needed are:

  • import DirectMessage
  • change from twitter.updateStatus(message) to twitter.sendDirectMessage(screenName, message)
import twitter4j.DirectMessage;
import twitter4j.Twitter
import twitter4j.TwitterFactory
import twitter4j.Status
import twitter4j.http.AccessToken
import twitter4j.http.RequestToken
import java.io.BufferedReader
import com.thoughtworks.xstream.XStream


   Twitter twitter = new TwitterFactory().getInstance();

   // set key and secret that you get from Twitter app registeration at:
   //     http://dev.twitter.com/pages/auth#register
   twitter.setOAuthConsumer("Your Consumer key", "Your Consumer secret");

   // load access token if it exists
   AccessToken accessToken = null
   def tokenFile = new File("accessToken.xml")

   if (tokenFile.exists()) {
      def xstream = new XStream()
      tokenFile.withInputStream { ins -> accessToken = xstream.fromXML(ins) }

   else {

     // get the URL to request access to Twitter acct
     RequestToken requestToken = twitter.getOAuthRequestToken();
     String authUrl = requestToken.getAuthorizationURL()
     System.out.println("Open the following URL and grant access to your account:");

     // take the PIN and get access token
     System.out.print("Enter the PIN:");
     BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(System.in));
     String pin = ""
     pin = br.readLine();
     accessToken = twitter.getOAuthAccessToken(requestToken, pin);

     // persist token
     def xstream = new XStream()
     xstream.classLoader = getClass().classLoader
     new File("accessToken.xml").withOutputStream { out -> xstream.toXML(accessToken, out) }

   String message = "from Groovy w/ token" + accessToken.getToken()
   String screenName ="ScreenNameToSendTo"

   DirectMessage directMessage = twitter.sendDirectMessage(screenName, message)
   System.out.println("Direct message sent to " + directMessage.getRecipientScreenName());

} catch (Exception e) {

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