Did a little bit of a rework on this compared to V1 and V2 . I’ve scrapped the “date” format and instead utilised the Tweet ID and writing/reading from a text (txt) file. Every tweet on Twitter is stamped with an ID, I’ve altered my program so that once it has replied to a tweet it records the tweet ID to a file, and then before it replies to a tweet it checks to see if the ID is in the file – if the ID is in the file then no replying, if the ID is not in the file then tweet reply!
Full program is up on my Github https://github.com/geektechdude/Twitter_Auto_Reply_-Python-
# geektechstuff # Twitter Application from twython import Twython # Twython is a Twitter Python library import random # imports the Twitter API keys from auth import ( consumer_key, consumer_secret, access_token, access_token_secret ) twitter = Twython( consumer_key, consumer_secret, access_token, access_token_secret ) ids_replied_to =  with open('ids_replied_to.txt', 'r') as filehandle: filecontents = filehandle.readlines() for line in filecontents: # remove linebreak which is the last character of the string current_place = line[:-1] # add item to the list ids_replied_to.append(current_place) # This searches Tweets print('') print('GeekTechStuff Twitter Search Python Program') print('') search_term = input('What word should I look for? ') results = twitter.cursor(twitter.search, q=search_term) print('') print('Searching Twitter...') print('') # These are the tweets the bot can send rand_message = ['I am a auto tweet bot', 'Twitter is great', 'Tweet Tweet', 'I auto reply to Tweets and I was created in Python', ] for result in results: name = result['user'] screen_name = name['screen_name'] creation_date = result['created_at'] tweet_txt = result['text'] id = result['id'] print('Twitter User:', screen_name) print('Posted:') print(tweet_txt) print('at:') print(creation_date) print('') # This posts Tweets id = str(id) if id in ids_replied_to: print('') print('Skipped as already replied to') print('') print('') else: twitter_handle = '@' + screen_name message = twitter_handle + " " + random.choice(rand_message) twitter.update_status(status=message, in_reply_to_status_id=id) print("Tweeted: %s" % message) id = int(id) ids_replied_to.append(id) with open('ids_replied_to.txt', 'w') as filehandle: filehandle.writelines("%s\n" % place for place in ids_replied_to) # delay so that it doesn't look like the program is spamming Twitter time.sleep(5)