Update: Twitter “statuses/followers” API documentation had a small note at the bottom that says that it returns only 100 followers if no paging is used, I have updated the script accordingly. Thanks to @RamyMahrous for notifying me on this in his comment below. <End of Update>
For a long time I thought that @DotNetArabi shouldn’t follow it’s own followers due to various reasons I had, but lately I discovered that I was wrong. So I have decided to follow them back no matter how many they are, but that would be a tedious thing to do manually. Here comes Powershell to the rescue.
$wc = new-object System.Net.Webclient
$wc.Credentials = new-object System.Net.NetworkCredential "dotnetarabi","UseYourOwnPWbuddy!"
$cursorCount = "-1"
$rest = $wc.DownloadString("http://api.twitter.com/statuses/followers.xml?cursor=" + $cursorCount)
$xml = $rest
foreach( $user in $xml.Users_list.users.user )
$wc.UploadString("http://api.twitter.com/1/friendships/create/" + $user.screen_name + ".xml", "")
$cursorCount = $xml.users_list.next_cursor
while($xml.users_list.next_cursor -ne 0)
It’s simple and straight forward; I used “UploadString” method of the Webclient class because it produces a “POST” HTTP request required by Twitter API rather than “GET”.
Note that the response you get from the “Create” API will be either an XML representation of the followed-user entity, or a server error “Forbidden” for many of reasons Twitter may have. This is how you will know if each “follow” procedure succeeded or not