TwitterMostFollowed June 15th, 2012
My wife asked me tonight if there was any way for her to find out the top 100 people followed by the people she follows on Twitter. After a while searching for a service to do that, I decided to just write a script to do it myself. I decided to write it in Node.js as a learning exercise.
You need to have the
dirty libraries installed via npm.
Change the userid on line 42 to your own. It helps a lot if you fill in the oauth object details and uncomment lines 28 and 85, as that increases the twitter request cap from 150 to 350 requests.
So what did I learn from this exercise? That doing large amounts of I/O in node really sucks. Also, twitter’s rate limiting on REST requests seriously hamstrings development. I had to cache request responses simply because otherwise I’d get rate limited after just two runs and couldn’t test again for a whole hour.