How to create a live stream of tweets, including how to set up a Twitter search for specific results.
Please note, if you are using the older version of ScreenCloud (signage.screencloud.com) you can download the alternative Twitter Search guide here.
The ScreenCloud Twitter Search app makes it easy to create a Twitter wall of live tweets based on a specific search term, such as a phrase, user, handle, or hashtag. Share tweets that are relevant to your audience, find specific mentions, and build a live Twitter wall for your restaurant, office, lobby, event, or coffee shop.
With the ScreenCloud Twitter Search app you can:
Please note, we also have the Twitter Timeline app, which allows you to show your own mentions, home feed, or favorites timeline.
Here’s how it works:
1.1. Get started by logging into your ScreenCloud account here and choosing the ScreenCloud App Store from the left-hand menu.
1.2. By searching “Twitter Search” you can find the Twitter Search app and choose the “Install app” button to add a new instance.
You'll be greeted to the following settings panel to begin setting up your Twitter app.
In order for the app to be able to retrieve your Twitter results, you will need to log in. Click “Login” and Twitter’s API will ask you to authorize access from ScreenCloud to your Twitter account. Once you have approved this, you’ll see a green checkmark next to the “Twitter login.”
To decide what to show in your Twitter feed, you will need to enter a search in the box that says “Search." The app uses Boolean search operators; you can enter a single keyword or hashtag as well as phrases, search for results (such as one word OR another), and exclude specific users, mentions, or keywords from your results.
Here are some of the advanced search operators to be aware of and the results they will show.
As well as determining what to search for, you can also use exclusions to remove tweets that contain specific keywords. Examples include:
Once you have set up your search, you can preview the tweets shown in step 5 to ensure that the results match what you are looking for.
Once you have added your search term, set the duration you would like each tweet to show for and the language you would like to search in. Next, you can toggle between the below settings:
i) Tweets to show: Display the most latest or popular tweets or both. Please note, the app can only load fifteen tweets and Twitter's service automatically determines the "popular" or "latest" content to display. For example, there might not be popular or latest tweets available for a specific search term you're using. If there are no "popular" or "latest" tweet updates relating to this search term within the past 7 days, the app will be unable to load tweets for it.
ii) Style: select between two styles for how you'd like the tweets to appear on the screen.
iii) Image blend: select the blending effect for images that appear in tweets (e.g. transparency).
iv) Language: set the abbreviation for the language you'd like to use for the app. For example, using "en" would make tweets appear in English "es" would make tweets appear in Spanish. You can learn more about Twitter's supported language codes by clicking here.
v) Safe filter on/off
vi) Verified filter on/off (this relates to accounts with the blue checkmark which have been verified by Twitter as legitimate sources of interest)
vii) Exclude replies on/off
viii) Exclude retweets on/off
Fullscreen images and videos on/off
ix) Autoplay videos on/off
x) Mute videos on/off
xi) Hide user data (helps maintain privacy when displaying tweeted content for digital signage, it will hide user data related to tweets posted from accounts used in the search)
Once you’ve added your Twitter Search app you have the opportunity to preview it before it gets added to your screens.
Click ‘Preview’ and a popup will display your Twitter Search app.
Once you have configured your Twitter Search app it can be easily added to a Channel or Playlist to be played on screen. Simply select “Add Content” to open the Media Picker and under Apps, you will see all of your app instances, ready to be installed. You can also view ways you can set content on your digital screens using ScreenCloud by clicking here.
Will Twitter Search continue to work if I go offline?
Twitter Search will continue to show the latest results up until the point when the app has gone offline.
Can I use the Twitter Search app as part of a zoned digital signage display?
Yes. When setting up a zoned display, you will see the option to “Add Playlist.” Any Twitter Search feeds within a playlist will be played in this feed.
How long will the Twitter Search app play?
This is determined by the duration you have set within the playlist.
For further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details.