If you want a synopsis of what Twando does, please see the home page
. For a guide to all the features of Twando, please read through the online manual
Who wrote Twando?
Twando is a script by me, Jon Hudghton. You're very welcome to follow me on Twitter
. But please don't tweet me for support on Twando, as clearly stated throughout this site, this script is provided with absolutely no technical support; figure it out yourself. I wouldn't call myself a coder, but I'm happy with the result so I hope you find my script useful. Twando also utilises the following excellent third party scripts which are included in the download package:
What was Twando originally going to be?
I registered this domain in May 2010 but I haven't been working on this script for two years :) I originally planned to develop a Twitter application where you could type in a username and see who you both mutually followed and who you were both mutually followed by, but Twitter kind of added this functionality themselves to Twitter.com shortly after I purchased the domain. So, I sat on the domain for a couple of years until I tried to find a Twitter application offering the functionality I needed for free, and couldn't.
Why was the Twando script created?
I run various sites in my spare time, affiliate sites, paid for remote scripts and so on. I like where possible to have Twitter accounts associated with these sites and to help build follower numbers easily I wanted to "auto follow back" with these accounts. So I went searching on the magical wonder that is "the internet" to try and find
some way to do this with the following requirements:
- Quick and easy to use
- No need to download software to PC
- No manual interaction required to follow back once set up (I can go to Twitter.com and manually follow people back for goodness sake)
- Must be free! The Twitter API is free; I don't want to have to pay for this functionality
I read various blog posts on the subject (such as this one
and this one
) but the sites were either dead or were no longer offering the auto follow functionality I needed for free. Now, I've nothing against Twitter application sites
charging for their services, but I really didn't want to pay for something I knew I could develop myself for no more cost than my time. So, I decided to develop Twando as a free auto follow script.
Originally I had thought I might just create a basic command line script; I did find some basic scripts online that claimed to do auto follow, but they were all pre-OAuth so wouldn't work now. However as I started writing Twando, it kind of snowballed into a far more comprehensive application and I decided to add as many useful features as I could think of. Hence, I ended up with Twando in it's current form.
I decided to release the script for free (and that's free
, not freemium, not a free trial etc) as if I charged, I'd feel obliged to provide technical support which I just don't have time to do. Also, there are plenty of paid Twitter services out there already; the reason I wrote this is because I couldn't find a free application that does everything Twando does. Hence, charging for it would kind of defeat the original purpose of developing this system :)