Scenario

Here are some cases where Fluentd is useful:

  1. Collecting Tweets related to your business to measure share of voice.
  2. Building an archive of past Tweets to performa sentiment analysis.

Prerequisites

We assume that you already have Fluentd installed and have created a Twitter app (we just need the consumer key/secret and OAuth token/secret).

Setup

  1. Install the Twitter input plugin by running the following command

    $ fluent-gem install fluent-plugin-twitter
    
  2. Open your Fluentd configuration file and add the following lines:

    <source>
      type twitter
      consumer_key        YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY # Required
      consumer_secret     YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET # Required
      oauth_token         YOUR_OAUTH_TOKEN # Required
      oauth_token_secret  YOUR_OAUTH_TOKEN_SECRET # Required
      tag                 input.twitter  # Required
      timeline            userstream # Required (sampling or userstream)
    </source>
    

    The above configuration starts streaming data from your timeline and apply the tag input.twitter. Alternatively, if you want to search for a particular keyword(s), you can configure it as

    <source>
      type twitter
      consumer_key        YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY # Required
      consumer_secret     YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET # Required
      oauth_token         YOUR_OAUTH_TOKEN # Required
      oauth_token_secret  YOUR_OAUTH_TOKEN_SECRET # Required
      tag                 input.twitter  # Required
      keyword         fluentd, muffins
      timeline            sampling # Required (sampling or userstream)
    </source>
    

    It will search for "fluentd" and "muffins" and return the sampled timeline.

What's Next?

It's time to configure data outputs. Here are some examples.

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