Marisabel Munoz

I code. I write. I draw. I learn. I love.

Twitting from my IDE

As a break from learning, during the weekend, I try to make something instead of absorbing new information. I was a bit bored, so I decided to try my hands at twitting from Java.

The first step was signing up as a developer in Twitter’s API page. It was a very interesting experience to call myself “developer” even if it was for learning purposes.

I found many variations of the API’s code structure. Most of it outdated. It took a few combined ones and the Twitter documentation to figure out the correct implementation. In the end, I got it to work by looking directly at twitter4j documentation. I would not have been able to understand it a few months ago. I really feel my brain took a great leap after months of practice.

After 2 hours of working on and off in between games with my toddler, I got it to work! It was a great, simple exercise to figure things out myself. This, considering I have no knowledge about REST API’s yet, though it is in my to-learn list for later this year.

My first API tweet! And yes, with typos. I was too excited. 😅

You can find my code in my repository.

This is the code:

package twitter;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Scanner;

import twitter4j.Paging;
import twitter4j.Status;
import twitter4j.Twitter;
import twitter4j.TwitterException;
import twitter4j.TwitterFactory;
import twitter4j.conf.ConfigurationBuilder;

public class MainTwitter {

	public static ConfigurationBuilder configT() {
		ConfigurationBuilder cb = new ConfigurationBuilder();

		return cb;

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
	public static void getTweets() {
		TwitterFactory tf = new TwitterFactory(configT().build());
		Twitter twitter = tf.getInstance();

		Scanner scan = new Scanner(;

		int pageno = 1;
		System.out.println("type an username");
		String user = scan.nextLine();
		List statuses = new ArrayList();
		while (true) {
			try {
				int size = statuses.size();
				Paging page = new Paging(pageno++, 10);
				statuses.addAll(twitter.getUserTimeline(user, page));
				System.out.println("Gathered " + twitter.getUserTimeline(user, page).size() + " tweets");

				for (Status status : twitter.getUserTimeline(user, page)) {
					System.out.println(status.getCreatedAt() + " : " + status.getText());
				if (statuses.size() == size)
			} catch (TwitterException e) {
		System.out.println("Total: " + statuses.size());


	public static String createTweet() throws TwitterException {
		TwitterFactory tf = new TwitterFactory(configT().build());
		Twitter twitter = tf.getInstance();
		Scanner scan = new Scanner(;
		System.out.println("Type your tweet!");
		String statusS = scan.nextLine();
		Status status = twitter.updateStatus(statusS);
		System.out.println("Tweet was succesful!");
		return status.getText();

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