Retweet Bots

@SheikahMemories
Here are the Twitter retweet bots I run:

They each monitor Twitter for tweets about a particular video game, and retweet the incoming tweets that meet its criteria.

The idea is to create a feed of interesting game-specific screenshots and commentary, so you can enjoy the community experience of the game through the sharing of others.

A few restrictions I put in place:
  • It will usually only retweet tweets sent from the console's native share feature.
  • It will only retweet tweets that have the game's hashtag or keyword.  If you don't include the term I'm searching for, my bot will not see it.  For most games, the hashtag is there automatically unless you delete it, but for some, you will need to add it (or use the right keyword).
  • It will only retweet tweets that are in English (according to Twitter's reckoning).
    • If there is interest in a version of this bot in a different language (or set of languages), I could whip that up pretty quickly with a different account.  The single-language restriction helps create a mutually-intelligible community.
  • It will only retweet tweets that have additional text beyond the automated game-specific and console hashtags.  Say something about your picture or video capture!  Make it interesting.  
    • I did this mostly as a quality filter, and to keep the quantity of retweets down, and increase the quality of retweeted tweets.
  • In order to avoid hitting Twitter's rate limits, if the account is tweeting above a certain frequency, it will automatically throttle down the percentage of tweets it retweets.  When the rate of incoming tweets goes back down, it will throttle the percentage back up.
    • If you want to bypass this throttling, you can follow the account.  It refreshes its followers list every half hour or so, and if it knows you follow it, it will retweet you regardless of the throttling.
If you want to drink from the firehose and see everything posted about a particular game, there's no need for a bot.  Just search Twitter for the game's hashtag.

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4 comments:

  1. Would you consider making a Yonder one?

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    1. Certainly! Check out https://twitter.com/YonderOverThere.

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  2. I was wondering if you'd like to make one for Paladins and Stardew Valley.

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  3. Would you consider making a Pokémon Let's Go bot?

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