Make a Twitter account

First thing you’ll need to do is create an account for your bot on Twitter. That’s the easy part.

Run the generator

Chatterbot comes with a script named chatterbot-register which will handle two tasks – it will authorize your bot with Twitter and it will generate a skeleton script, which you use to implement your actual bot.

When you run chatterbot-register it will walk you through the authorization process. If you prefer, you can do this manually. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can read the Authorizing your Bot section.

Write your bot

Chatterbot is written in ruby, but it accepts some very simple scripting commands which can handle almost everything you might need to do on Twitter. You can get some ideas of things you can do on the Examples page.

require 'chatterbot/dsl'
search("'surely you must be joking'") do |tweet|
  reply "@#{tweet_user(tweet)} I am serious, and don't call me Shirley!", tweet

Or, you can create a bot object yourself, extend it if needed, and use it like so:

bot ="'surely you must be joking'") do |tweet|
 bot.reply "@#{tweet_user(tweet)} I am serious, and don't call me Shirley!", tweet

That’s it!