My inspiration for this bot came from the twitter bots that will log a persons followers and check if it changes everyday. I initially wanted to do something like this but wanted to work with fetching from an API and tweeting that instead.
What it does
This twitter bot works on a cron job to tweet out a geeky joke every 7 hours and 45 min.
How we built it
I used the serverless framework with AWS to build this. I read alot of medium articles and some examples online to structure the project and figure out how to have the 2 API calls communicate with eachother.
Challenges we ran into
The biggest challenge was getting the Twitter API to work because there are a ton of versions and different ways of doing it and I eventually had to get elevated access to allow for access to other versions of the API.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
The CRON job was completely new territory for me and fetching from an API was a conceptI had struggled with before and now I feel much more comfortable working with public APIs and will experiment with more
What we learned
I learned alot about serverless and API's during this project. I am really happy to have worked through the initial problems I was having with the twitter npm packages as there are so many versions and I tried a coupe before I found one that made sense to me.
What's next for Twitter Joke Bot
I plan on adding a larger variety of API's to call from and have them on different schedules so every hour on an 8 hour cycle you get a different kind of joke or maybe interesting fact.