A small Documerica Twitter bot

#96 · ✸ 13 · 💬 4 · one month ago · blog.yossarian.net · woodruffw
A small DOCUMERICA Twitter botProgramming, philosophy, pedaling. TL;DR: I've written a Twitter bot that posts pictures from the DOCUMERICA program. The code for getting the DOCUMERICA photos, building a DB, and the Twitter bot itself is all here. I've already written a few Twitter bots and the DOCUMERICA photos seemed a good target for yet another, so why not? To the best of my knowledge, the National Archives is the only repository for the photographs taken through the DOCUMERICA program. My aversion to databases in personal projects is largely unfounded: turning the DOCUMERICA dataset into a small SQLite DB gave me exactly the kind of query and state control that I needed. Writing a Twitter bot continues to be easy; signing up for one continues to be painful: Twitter goes out of their way to make it difficult to honestly create multiple accounts, and doesn't provide a separate account flow for bots despite explicitly acknowledging that bots improve the Twitter ecosystem.
A small Documerica Twitter bot



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