Warning: this post is not very security related…
Do you follow any infosec people on the Twitter that consistently make you laugh? Or whose tweets seem strangely proverb-like? (you get to define strange).
As a fan of ye olde UNIX fortune program – but often not the fortunes themselves – I wanted to inject some twitter wisdom (!). Instead of receiving a famous quote or not-so-funny joke from one of the existing fortune data files, I wanted to create my own with tweets from one of my favourite twits.
A short time later and tweet2fortune.py was born.
This python script is simple:
– you tell it which (public) twitter handle to grab tweets from
– it grabs the tweets, filters out retweets/replies and tweets containing URLs
– then formats them in fortune(1) file format (a % separated text file essentially)
All you need to do is redirect the output to a file using standard UNIX redirection, generated a fortune index file and you’re set:
$ tweet2fortune.py jack_daniel > jack_daniel_tweets $ strfile jack_daniel_tweets
Now, anytime I want to hear a nugget of knowledge from Jack Daniel, I just run:
$ fortune jack_daniel_tweets
and I get…
I know, let’s simultaneously panic and fawn over Stuxnet while our
domain admin pw is password, and our CMS is a default install.
In reality, I run fortune from my ~/.bash_profile so I receive a twitter powered fortune each time I log in.
The script is simple and can easily be adapted for more use-cases, I encourage you to tweak away.