Running your Bot
There’s a couple ways of running your bot:
Run it on the command-line whenever you like. Whee!
Run it via cron. Here’s an example of running a bot every two minutes
*/2 * * * * . ~/.bash_profile; cd /path/to/bot/; ./bot.rb
Run it as a background process. Just put the guts of your bot in a loop like this:
loop do search "twitter" do |tweet| # here you could do something with a tweet # if you want to retweet retweet(tweet[:id]) end replies do |tweet| # do stuff end # explicitly update our config update_config sleep 60 end
NOTE: You need to call
update_config to update the last tweet your script
has processed – if you don’t have this call, you will get duplicate
Chatterbot has rough support for the Streaming API. If your bot can use it, it’s a great option, because you get your data immediately. You can read more about setting up a bot to use streaming.