This recently created PHP class is part of today’s ongoing struggle of trying to create a Twitter ‘drip’ that will automatically update Twitter at pre-defined intervals with status updates specified in a text file.

// (C) Copyright JAMES PADOLSEY
class tweetFromFile {
    private $curlHandle;
    private $updateFile;
    private $archiveFile;
    private function getNewStatus() {
        $upcomingTweetsFile = $this->files['upcoming'];
        $archivedTweetsFile = $this->files['archive'];
        $upcomingTweets_R = fopen($upcomingTweetsFile, "r");
        // Get upcoming Tweets:
        $contents = fread($upcomingTweets_R, filesize($upcomingTweetsFile));
        $splitContents = preg_split('/n/', $contents, 2);
        $archive = fopen($archivedTweetsFile, "a");
        fwrite($archive, $splitContents[0]."n");
        // Remove top line from upcoming:
        $upcomingTweets_W = fopen($upcomingTweetsFile, "w");
        fwrite($upcomingTweets_W, $splitContents[1]);
        // Clean up
        return $splitContents[0];
    public $files = array('upcoming' => '', 'archive' => '');
    public function __construct($username, $password, $filename) {
        $this->curlHandle = curl_init();
        $this->files['upcoming'] = $filename;
        $this->files['archive'] = 'ARCHIVE_' . $filename;
        // Shortcut:
        $ch = $this->curlHandle;
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, "");
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 2);
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERPWD, "$username:$password");
    public function __destruct() {
    public function updateStatus() {
        $status = $this->getNewStatus();
        curl_setopt($this->curlHandle, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, "status=$status");
        $result = curl_exec($this->curlHandle);	
	$resultArray = curl_getinfo($this->curlHandle);
        if ($resultArray['http_code'] == 200) return true;
        return false;
// ==================
// ===== USAGE ======
// ==================
$tweet = new tweetFromFile('twitterUsername', 'password', 'textfile.txt');
$success = $tweet->updateStatus();
if ($success) {
    echo 'Twitter updated!';
} else {
    echo 'Hmm, an error...';

The class will retrieve each new update from the specified text file. Each update needs to be on a new line; an example text file:

Blah blah blah, this is the first update...
And another update!
Third and last update!!! ARGH!

The PHP class will remove each update from this file when it’s added to Twitter so all you need to do is keep adding to the bottom of the file…

This won’t do the dripping automatically. You’ll need to setup a ‘cron job’ to request the script at selected intervals (e.g. every two hours). I’m rubbish at Apache and anything to do with the command line so I haven’t quite accomplished this part yet… maybe someone else wants to give it a go? 😉

Thanks for reading! Please share your thoughts with me on Twitter. Have a great day!