Twilert – A Twitter Monitoring Tool
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Twilert – A Twitter Monitoring Tool

– Hi, everyone. In this video, I’m going
to be taking a look at an oldie but goodie, Twilert. T-W-I-L-E-R-T. Twilert is an advanced,
what I call an advanced, Twitter search alert system. Its basic function is
you put in your queries and your location, and
if those queries are met in that area, it’ll send you an alert for whatever you specified in that query. It also has some pretty nice features in addition to the query system, so let’s take a look at Twilert. (uptempo techno music) Over here on the Twilert
website,, we’re going to log in. I signed up for the demo. It will connect to a Twitter account. You have to be verified now these days with Twitter’s API regulations. So you do have to set up an account. Whether it is your account or the company’s account,
that’s up to you. As you can see here on this page, we’re looking at two of my
tests Twilerts I’ve set up. Now, we’re looking at
the Terrorism Geo London. One of the things that Twilert does, it gives you a history of all the things that have matched your query,
and it stores them for you, so you can go back to
them at a later date. Say you’re missing it. So for this popular, I put in #terrorism and the geocode around
the London metro area. So a lot of people are talking
about terrorism right now, and so I thought that would be a good case study to take a look at. So with the history, I can
go back and I can type in… Let’s just search for… We don’t even have to do a hashtag. We can do a hashtag,
but let’s do Petersburg, and then we just hit the filter, and so all these tweets are
the latest tweets related that have the name Petersburg in them. And I can even do it through a date. Now, I’ve only done this for a day, so that would be not something
that we could run right now, but it does have that ability. Once you’re done with the
filters, you just clear filters, and then you’re back
to your whole history. So far, it’s 386 tweets. I do have it set up for real-time, and we’ll get to that in
just a few seconds here as we take a look at
how to create a Twilert. Some other features are an
RSS, so you can get an RSS or a json or an Atom, Atom RSS. You can also pause it. You can edit it. So let’s say if you wanna
update the geo area, you can do that as well,
and you can also delete it. Let’s create a new Twilert. To get you started, they have all of these buckets down
here that you can add. So they have filter by
words, filter by user, filter by location, and miscellaneous. Now, miscellaneous includes sentiment. You can also exclude retweets,
which is a nice feature. And you can just do links,
and verified accounts only. So let’s get started. Let’s do… Well, today is opening day for baseball, so let’s do exact phrase, Red Sox. We could also filter by mentioning a user. So in this case, I might do
Fenway Park or Boston Red Sox, but I’m just gonna do area on a map to show you this feature. I’m gonna type in Fenway Park. There’s Fenway. Zoom, zoom, zoom. See it right here. So I can just draw a circle, and try to do it right over
the park, but you get the idea. Probably something like
that would probably be good. And you click Save Location. Okay, so the geocode is in there. So we have already, we
have 200 potential results. Let’s exclude retweets,
and then we click Next. Now it wants to know what
you wanna name this Twilert. So we’ll just name it Red Sox. And when should you get these emails? Real-time, hourly, daily, or weekly? I’m going to say real-time,
just for this demonstration. You could do HTML or plain text. If you need to send it to more
people, you can do that, too. Once you’re done with
creating your Twilert, you click Finish. You’ll get a little green check mark here that says it was successfully created, and it’s been recorded, and
it takes about five minutes, three to five minutes, I find, when you first start getting
your Twilerts into your email, and if we do go over to my email, we’ll see that we now have
our first results coming in. So, one of the things you can do from here is set up an if this, then that system to get an alert, a
notification, an auditory thing. You can probably do that
through your phone as well. Just get some type of
signal that this person or this hashtag or this
phrase was mentioned in this location, and you
need to know about it. This is one of the tools I
think that you’re gonna use if you’re on the go for
the security professional, at an event, at a conference,
that type of thing. You’re stationary for a little while, because you’re never gonna
get real-time with tweets, but it’s close enough
that if there’s an issue and you need time to move, you’ll have it. So go check out Twilert. Let me know what you think. Post in the comments below. Be sure to give this video a thumbs up. I appreciate it, and share with
your colleagues and friends, and I’ll see you in the next video.

4 thoughts on “Twilert – A Twitter Monitoring Tool

  1. Interesting tool Larry, a good way to do very specific monitoring! Quick question, can you also set a more global location – to monitor more broadly or is it only possible to do relatively focused geo?

  2. Great work. For the keyword: 'keyword tracking streams and search streams' you currently rank #4. You are almost there.

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