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    Posted: 08 Jun 2011 at 10:19am

As we all know, Twitter is becoming a phenomenon on the web, so why not have a cool way to link in Email2DB with Twitter using the Twitter RSS Feed functionality. 

The concept of using the search functionality of Twitter to create an RSS Feed for trends, words or people and linking this in with Email2DB is simple, yet effective and here is how to do it:


 1.  
Go to http://search.twitter.com and use the advanced search functionality for anything you wish to report back on.

  2. 
My example is going to use HTML5 for the search (http://search.twitter.com/search?q=html5).

  3.   
In the page that you are directed to after entering your search criteria you will see a Feed link that can be clicked:



  4. 
Click on this and it creates an Atom feed, but simply alter the URL to be RSS and this will give you the RSS version of the search:



  
 
 5.   Now copy the URL generated (http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=html5) and create a new account within Email2DB set to the RSS Feed type of account and click Check to make sure it returns the correct format of data:



 6. 
Then have a trigger that pulls out the TwitterID (%MSG_From%) and Tweet (%MSG_Body%) with no set conditions (the search criteria should be enough for your trigger conditions). These can then be used within your regular Email2DB processes such as a database update, CSV update, Send Email, Run Script, Run Process, HTTP Post… all can be done.




Download and import the following file into your Email2DB by going to File -> Import Accounts -> Folder -> Open -> Import

Trigger Sample File - uploads/2008/Twitter_Account.vdb



Edited by James Horton - 17 Jun 2011 at 11:33am
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Daniel James Horton
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Parker Software
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