Automating #followfriday

This little programme allows me to manage a list of people that I follow on Twitter whom I feel that others might also to follow as well. When invoked without any parameters, it will draw a random name from the list and post a #followfriday message to Twitter.

The idea is that I just maintain the list and have this running on a cron job every Friday. Picks are random so the same person may be picked more than once in a row.

Thanks to @elpie for reminding me of what day Friday is in cron-speak!

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Use it at your own risk, don’t blame me if it eats your computer, causes a Global Economic Meltdown (too late, someone’s already done that, thanks GWB,) etcetera.

The Code

Several attempts were made to copy and paste the code into this article; TinyMCE stuffed up the formatting every time, eating a load of essential backslashes. Rather than convert the whole thing to HTML entities by hand, I’ve given up and have just posted it in my files section.


Adding Members @user1 @user2 @user3

Deleting Members -@user2

Note that you can add and delete in the same command.

Listing Members

follow-u-tron list

Posting to Twitter


This may be put into a cron job.