FAQ: A Watson-Powered Application - A Working App: Celebrity Match

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I can’t go trough this exercise because this link:


don’t work for me so I don’t have twitter API credentials.

Can somebody point me to the correct link?


And the link still isnt working - did you find another way to solve this

As previously noted, this exercise requires getting our Twitter User API settings. The process for how to get API settings is supposed to be at this embedded link: https://www.codecademy.com/catalog/subject/all
but that link is to Codeacademy course catalog. When I attempt to get the answers from the Twitter Developer discussions, nothing I found fits this code.
Disappointing since this seems like a fun exercise.

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Having the same issue. Wish they would read this and resolve it.

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I figured out the Twitter API, but then there’s an issue with the Watson API:

CelebrityMatchDemo.py:36: DeprecationWarning: watson-developer-cloud moved to ibm-watson. To get updates, use the new package.

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what’s the process to get the twitter API to work? Errors I get are below …

File “CelebrityMatchDemo.py”, line 75, in
user_result = analyze(user_handle)
File “CelebrityMatchDemo.py”, line 27, in analyze
statuses = twitter_api.GetUserTimeline(screen_name=handle, count=200, include_rts=False)
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/twitter/api.py”, line 812, in GetUserTimeline
data = self._ParseAndCheckTwitter(resp.content.decode(‘utf-8’))
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/twitter/api.py”, line 4908, in _ParseAndCheckTwitter
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/twitter/api.py”, line 4928, in _CheckForTwitterError
raise TwitterError(data[‘errors’])
twitter.error.TwitterError: [{u’message’: u’Bad Authentication data.’, u’code’: 215}]

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I think you need to make a Twitter Developer account before you’re even able to get Twitter API credentials. Twitter needs to approve your account first as well, but it should be pretty quick.

Here is the link on how to get started: https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/labs/filtered-stream/quick-start.

Good luck! :muscle:t3:

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No matter what you do, this will never work because you will get a credentials error, and that is not because your credentials are wrong but because IBM changed the URL from the one hardcoded in the PersonalityInsights class:

default_url = 'https://gateway.watsonplatform.net/personality-insights/api'

to the new URL:


There is no way to escape this unless codecademy installs an updated package. So my final working solution is to directly use CURL (a terminal command) from python, and ditch the PersonalityInsights class completely. The recommended way to do this according to IBM is to write to a file and then use the --data-binary option, so we will have to write the contents of the text variable in a file first:

import os

with open('profile.txt', 'w') as f:

pi_api_key = 'YOUR BLUEMIX API KEY'
curl_command = "curl -X POST -u 'apikey:" + pi_api_key + "' --header 'Content-Type: text/plain;charset=utf-8' --header 'Accept: application/json' --data-binary @profile.txt '" + pi_url + "'"

pi_result = os.popen(curl_command).read()

The only issue is that Codecademy also does not have curl available in the provided terminal, but at least this should work if you download the script to your laptop, install all python dependencies and run it in your own terminal.

Another (better) solution is for Codecademy to update the tutorial, of course.


I would also like to know why codecademy has not fixed these bugs. It would be honest hard work for me to find a working solution to this myself, and likely a valuable learning experience , but not really what I paid for.

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