Created: 2011-07-17 16:29
Updated: 2018-09-05 14:11


Translate (mung) tweets from a specific user account through several languages and back, then re-tweet from a new account.

Set up

Setting up a new TweetMunger account will require a few accounts:


Set up a script on a (php-enabled) web server that calls the TweetMunger class. The following is one example of how you could do it:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <title>Tweet Munger</title>     
        <h1>Tweet Munger</h1>

            $tweetMunger = new TweetMunger(array(
                'debugMode' => false,
                'originalTwitterAccount' => 'xxx',
                'mungedTwitterAccount' => 'yyy',
                'userAgentAccount' => '',
                'newTweetCount' => 10,
                'ignoreRetweets' => true,
                'translationService' => 'bing',
                'originalLanguage' => 'en',
                //'translatableLanguages' => array('hu', 'zh-TW', 'cy'), // for Google
                'translatableLanguages' => array('Ru', 'zh-CHT', 'Pl'), // for Bing

                'bingAppId' => 'xxx',
                'googleTranslateApiKey' => 'yyy',

                'twitterConsumerKey' => 'www',
                'twitterConsumerSecret' => 'xxx',
                'twitterConsumerOauthToken' => 'yyy',
                'twitterConsumerOauthSecret' => 'zzz'

Init options explained

  • debugMode: Set to true to output content only in the browser, false to post to twitter
  • originalTwitterAccount: The Twitter account we're copying from
  • mungedTwitterAccount: The Twitter account we're posting to
  • userAgentAccount: The email account used by TwitterSearch class to tell Twitter who's calling
  • newTweetCount: How many new tweets to translate each time
  • ignoreRetweets: Retweets can sometimes confuse Twitter Munger due to inconsistent IDs so ignore by default
  • translationService: Are we using Google or Bing to translate?
  • originalLanguage: The language of the original post
  • translatableLanguages: List of languages to translate posts through (These are different depending on whether we're using Bing or Google to translate)
  • bingAppId: Bing API Key - Needed for any translation requests (see here and here)
  • googleTranslateApiKey: Google Translate API Key - Needed for any translation requests (see here)
  • twitterConsumerKey, twitterConsumerSecret, twitterConsumerOauthToken and twitterConsumerOauthSecret: Twitter Authorisation tokens - Register a new app for these


Set up a cron job on your server to call the above script every xx minutes/hours. The following is one example:

# call script four times an hour
0,15,30,45 * * * * curl http://xxx.yy.zz/tweetmunger/ >/dev/null 2>&1
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