Simple Spring Social for Twitter Friends

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The Spring Social project provides us developers with an easy way to interact with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn & TripIt via the familiar Template objects we have used. Spring has provided Templates for convenient interaction with JDBC, REST, Hibernate, JNDI, and more.

One of the simplest social media calls is to lookup someone’s Twitter friends with the TwitterTemplate.

1. Add the Spring Social project dependency to the pom.xml file



    org.springframework.social
    spring-social-core
    ${spring.social.version}

  ...

2. Add the Spring Milestone Repository repository to the pom.xml file


  
    spring-maven-milestone
    Spring Maven Milestone Repository
    http://maven.springframework.org/milestone
    ...

3. Create the TwitterTemplate, and ask for friends

TwitterTemplate twitterTemplate = new TwitterTemplate();
List friends = twitterTemplate.getFriends("chariotsolution");
for (String friend : friends) {
  System.out.println("Friend: " + friend);
}

4. Use the code above anywhere in your application

In the next blog, I will cover how to use Open Authentication (OAuth) to perform more Twitter operations.