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Easy Twitter Automation

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Project Description

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INTRODUCTION & PRIMARY FUNCTIONS

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I need someone to create a web application to automate

some very simple Twitter operations.

* THIS IS VERY SIMPLE, BUT WILL TAKE A LITTLE TIME

TO MAKE IT SEAMLESS FOR USERS. *

I have already written most of the software in PHP,

however it is too user-intensive. I need someone to

take what work I've already done and make it easy

enough for anybody to use.

The web application's job is simple: to automatically

follow other Twitter users and to automatically unfollow

other Twitter users.

Here are the three primary functions this software must

be capable of:

EXAMPLE: If a user wants to automatically follow 20

people an day who use the keywords "fly fishing" in

a tweet, the web application needs to do it for them.

EXAMPLE: If a user wants to follow 20 people a day

from a list of followers for another Twitter user, the

web application needs to automate that for our user.

EXAMPLE: Every 72 hours, the web application should

scan the user's list of Twitter follows and followers,

and unfollow everybody who isn't following the user back.

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SERVER LOAD REQUIREMENTS

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We are billed based on CPU cycles and bandwidth, so both

should be conserved when possible. Your software needs

to be clean-running.

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USER INTERFACES

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We'll be using PHP and MySQL for user interfaces.

These need to look a little pretty and very simple.

This is our last concern, after we have the core software

ready and working.

There's another web application that does automatic

following called [url removed, login to view] -- you can see a sample of

the kind of interfaces we need there.

While I'm open to suggestion, I believe the user interfaces

should be limited to scheduling & reporting only and should

*NOT* allow any direct Twitter tasks.

What I mean is this: I don't want users on the web site

sitting at their computer waiting for second-by-second

results from the software. This is extremely over-bearing

on the server. Instead, the user interfaces should ONLY

interact with a couple database tables and should have no

direct/immediate connection to the Twitter interaction

function set.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have a Wordpress-based membership

web site that will be where the user interfaces must

be kept. I have worked extensively with using outside

web pages within the bounds of a Wordpress CMS and it

isn't that difficult, however there will be a little

trial-and-error in the final phase to make everything

look clean before we release this to the users. It

will be your responsibility to get the final user

interfaces setup and working in the Wordpress web site.

(I am here to help, but don't have time to do the full

integration myself.)

But don't worry, it really isn't that difficult.

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BACKGROUND PROCESSES

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You can use PHP or PERL for background processes.

The background processes, of course, handle all of the

actual Twitter automation. They go one by one through

the table of follow instructions and do the hard part.

The FOLLOW automation needs to operate based loosely

on the parameters set by the users (such as how many

people to follow within a certain time frame).

The UNFOLLOW automation needs to be run on every user

account every 48 hours. (Make this a variable at the

top of the soure code that can be easily changed later.

It may make more sense to do this every 3 to 7 days

instead of every 2 days, so we need flexibility.)

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AUTO FOLLOW (KEYWORD-BASED)

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Users can set these parameters for each auto-follow

instruction:

- Twitter username

- Twitter password

- keyword/phrase

- auto-follow (yes/no)

- if auto-follow: max number of new follows/day (5-100)

- receive report of people auto-followed (yes/no)

Users should be able to do either of these two things:

- auto-follow people using those keywords

- manually see a list of people using those keywords

over a 5 day period, with links to visit the people's

Twitter page or follow. ([url removed, login to view] has a great

example of how to do this.)

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AUTO FOLLOW (OTHER TWITTER USER'S FOLLOWERS)

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Users can set these parameters for each auto-follow

instruction:

- Twitter username

- Twitter password

- Twitter username to get list of followers from

- max number of new follows/day (5-100)

- receive report people auto-followed (yes/no)

Users should be able to do this:

- Input the username of a Twitter user with a lot of

followers and our system will automatically grab a

list of a handful of their followers every day at

a random time and automatically follow them in our

user's Twitter account.

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MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

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We need the ability to easily limit the number of

instructions (keyword/phrases being used) by each

account depending on their membership level. You only

need to create the logic to set a limit based upon

a variable in the source code. I can add the code

to integrate the membership levels later (it's a

pain because it works with 3rd part software).

EXAMPLE: When a user loads the user interface, the

variable $max_instructions should be set to 100 and

all necessary code should use that variable. That

way, at my leisure, I can write the code to set

$max_instructions based on their membership level.

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AUTO UNFOLLOW (NON-MUTUALS)

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Users can set these parameters:

- automatically unfollow people who don't follow

you? (yes/no)

- Twitter username

- Twitter password

- max number of unfollows/day (5-100)

- receive report of unfollows (yes/no)

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SOURCE CODE ALREADY WRITTEN

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I have already written PHP code to do these tasks:

- retrieve a full list of followers for ANY

Twitter user

- retrieve a full list of follows for ANY

Twitter user

- create a list of non-mutuals (follows that are

not following back)

- add a follow (function, just needs the parameters)

- unfollow (function, just needs the parameters)

They can be easily ported to perl if you want

to use it instead of PHP. (This *may* be less

CPU intensive. I'll leave this decision up to

you, I can work in both.)

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ADMINISTRATION FUNCTIONS

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For future administration functions, we need the

automation instructions to have an extra field

called "member_id" which will be set with the

user identification number in our membership system.

(I will write the line of code to integrate the

two systems: your code for automation and user

interfaces and our code for the membership system.)

Make sure in your code you have a line that reads

$member_id = 1. I will change that line to set the

identification number properly.

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ON-GOING MAINTENANCE

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I would like to give this project to someone who

can continue to work with me when we need updates

or changes made. If it stops working for any

reason (such as Twitter changes their API), I need

you to be available for emergency fixes.

Please let me know in your bid how we will be able

to work together AFTER the initial project is complete.

I'm comfortable either paying you a small monthly

fee to insure the software works for my users for

years to come. (I would give you full access to

the administration of the software and you will be

responsible for checking the software for issues

and fix anything that comes up.)

...or just paying you on-call as issues arise.

Either one is okay with me, so think about what

you'd like to be paid for either scenario and

put that in your notes.

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ABOUT ME

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I'm very easy to work with. Check my rating comments

and you'll see that I'm laid back, easy going, and

very understanding.

The biggest challenge we'll have in our relationship

is that deadlines are very important to me. For

example, I need this system setup and running by the

end of the month.

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ABOUT BIDDING

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I do not have a fortune to invest in the creation of

this software. Frankly, since the core of the system

is already written, your job isn't that difficult.

Please keep in mind that we're starting a long-term

relationship (hopefully 12-24-36 months or more).

I can write software, but really don't enjoy doing it.

So, I want this to be your creation and I will want

you to maintain it. So, as my users need more features

or as Twitter changes and we need updates, I want to

have you continue the development.

So, please bid accordingly.

If your bid is over $300, please do not bother posting

a bid at all.

THANK YOU AND I'M EAGER TO GET STARTED WITH THE

RIGHT PERSON!

-Will

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