The world and his dog is currently looking at Twitter and eyeing up the possibilities it offers.
I thought i’d jump on the bandwagon, and have a look at the Twitter API.
I wanted to post to a timeline, so the solution is to use one of the update methods. I chose to the XML one, though there is a JSON one also available.
To post to the timeline, Twitter expects an HTTP POST request with a status parameter containing the message you want to post. It associates this to your account by using HTTP’s basic authorization functionality.
It’s simple to throw together a spot of Perl code to post messages to Twitter knowing this. Have a look at this example…
my $message = "A test post from Perl";
my $req = HTTP::Request->new(POST =>'http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml');
$req->content('status=' . $message);
my $resp = $ua->request($req);
my $content = $resp->content;
You need to set $username and $password to your username and password, and $message to whatever message you want to appear on your timeline (in this case, “A test post from Perl”).