Displaying user timeline of the authenticating user

Displaying user timeline of the authenticating user

Posted in : Java Posted on : October 31, 2011 at 7:03 PM Comments : [ 0 ]

In this section, you will learn how to display user timeline of the authenticating user.

Displaying user timeline of the authenticating user

In this section, you will learn how to display user timeline of the authenticating user.

The timeline is the term used to describe a collected stream of Tweets listed in real-time order. The user timeline is the most recent statuses posted from a user.

For user timeline we need OAuth authorization scheme of Twitter for authenticating user.

 Twitter4j Java library have this OAuth support.

Please follow the below steps to get Twitter OAuth support :

STEP-1 : For this you need to register your application at  http://twitter.com/oauth_clients/new  . Please set the Default Access type to Read, Write, & Direct Messages . This will provide access to read & write tweet/status and also provide facility to send direct messages.

STEP-2 :After registering your application you will get the following things :

  • Consumer key              XXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Consumer secret          XXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Request token URL     XXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Authorize URL            XXXXXXXXXXXX 
  • Access token URL      XXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Callback URL             XXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Access token              XXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Access token secret    XXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Access level Read       XXXXXXXXXXXX

NOTE : Please note down the keys before closing page after application registration and also don't share these keys with anyone.


Place the keys which you got after registration by replacing the square [] brackets .Code is given below :

<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" pageEncoding="ISO-8859-1" import="java.util.*,twitter4j.*,twitter4j.conf.ConfigurationBuilder"%>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">

<%@page import="twitter4j.ProfileImage.ImageSize"%><html>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<title>Insert title here</title>
// configuring Twitter4J
ConfigurationBuilder cb = new ConfigurationBuilder();
cb.setOAuthConsumerKey("[consumer key]");
cb.setOAuthConsumerSecret("[consumer secret]");
cb.setOAuthAccessToken("[Access Token]");
cb.setOAuthAccessTokenSecret("[Access Token Secret]");
TwitterFactory tf = new TwitterFactory(cb.build());
Twitter twitter = tf.getInstance();

out.println("<h2>USER :"+twitter.getScreenName()+"</h2><br/>");

//Getting user's timeline of the user
List<Status> statuses = twitter.getUserTimeline();
out.println("Showing user's timeline...."+"<br/><br/>");
for (Status status2 : statuses){
out.println("<b>"+status2.getUser().getName() + "</b>:" +status2.getText()+"<br/>");


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