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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
This is the SECOND command in a set for five that are needed for a Twitter stream feed.
This command creates variable "b", the so-called "base string" required for oauth in Twitter stream feed requests. (The 256 char limit prevents giving it a better name)
We use five environment variables created by a previous step: id, k1, once, ts and k3.
The five environment variables are created in a separate command, please see my other commands.
For more information on the signature base string, see dev.twitter.com/apps, click on any app (or create a new one) and then go to the "OAuth Tool" tab.
Twitter stream feeds now require authentication.
This command is the FIRST in a set of five commands you'll need to get Twitter authorization for your final Twitter command.
*** IMPORTANT *** Before you start, you have to get some authorization info for your "app" from Twitter. Carefully follow the instructions below:
Go to dev.twitter.com/apps and choose "Create a new application". Fill in the form. You can pick any name for your app.
After submitting, click on "Create my access token". Keep the resulting page open, as you'll need information from it below.
If you closed the page, or want to get back to it in the future, just go to dev.twitter.com/apps
Now customize FIVE THINGS on the command line as follows:
1. Replace the string "Consumer key" by copying & pasting your custom consumer key from the Twitter apps page.
2. Replace the string "Consumer secret" by copying & pasting your consumer secret from the Twitter apps page.
3. Replace the string "Access token" by copying & pasting your access token from the Twitter apps page.
4. Replace string "Access token secret" by copying & pasting your own token secret from the Twitter apps page.
5. Replace the string 19258798 with the Twitter UserID NUMBER (this is **NOT** the normal Twitter NAME of the user you want the tweet feed from. If you don't know the UserID number, head over to www.idfromuser.com and type in the user's regular Twitter name. The site will return their Twitter UserID number to you. 19258798 is the Twitter UserID for commandlinefu, so if you don't change that, you'll receive commandlinefu tweets, uhm... on the commandline :)
Congratulations! You're done creating all the keys!
Environment variables k1, k2, k3, and k4 now hold the four Twitter keys you will need for your next step.
The variables should really have been named better, e.g. "Consumer_key", but in later commands the 256-character limit forced me to use short, unclear names here. Just remember k stands for "key".
Again, remember, you can always review your requested Twitter keys at dev.twitter.com/apps.
Our command line also creates four additional environment variables that are needed in the oauth process: "once", "ts", "hmac" and "id". "once" is a random number used only once that is part of the oauth procedure. HMAC is the actual key that will be used later for signing the base string. "ts" is a timestamp in the Posix time format. The last variable (id) is the user id number of the Twitter user you want to get feeds from. Note that id is ***NOT*** the twitter name, if you didn't know that, see www.idfromuser.com
If you want to learn more about oauth authentication, visit oauth.net and/or go to dev.twitter.com/apps, click on any of your apps and then click on "Oauth tool"
Now go look at my next command, i.e. step2, to see what happens next to these eight variables.
This is the THIRD in a set of five commands. See my other commands for the previous two.
This step creates the oauth 1.0 token as explained in http://oauth.net/core/1.0/
The token is required for a Twitter filtered stream feed (and almost all Twitter API calls)
This token is simply an encrypted version of your base string. The encryption key used is your hmac.
The last part of the command scans the Base64 token string for '+', '/', and '=' characters and converts them to percentage-hex escape codes. (URI-escapeing). This is also a good example of where the $() syntax of Bash command substitution fails, while the backtick form ` works - the right parenthesis in the case statement causes a syntax error if you try to use the $() syntax here.
See my previous two commands step1 and step2 to see how the base string variable $b and hmac variable $hmac are generated.