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Twitter Tracking Rules

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Twitter Tracking Rules

 

In Admin – Settings – click on the Twitter icon. Click on Tracking Rules tab, screen displays;

 

 

  • ReTweet Template
  • When you want to ReTweet anything you can nominate a template for use here.
  • Search using account
  • This is the Twitter Account that we will be searching for any mentions, searches, or hashtags as detailed below.
  • Update
  • Click on update and the tracking rules will be saved.
  • Status
  • Enabled – default display is enabled twitter tracking rules
  • Disabled – select to display on disabled twitter tracking rules
  • All – select to display both enabled and disabled tracking rules
  • Items per page
  • Default display is from Admin – Settings – General Settings – Default Page Size
  • To create a new tracking rule click Add Tracking Rule button.
  • Tracking Rule Type
  • Displays the tracking rule type; Search Mentions, Keyword Search, or Hashtags.
  • Tracking Rule
  • Displays the tracking rule pattern, i.e. what we are tracking.
  • Enabled
  • If the tracking rule is active, the check box under the ‘Enabled’ column will be populated.
  • If the check box is not populated the tracking rule will not be used.
  • It is a good idea to preserve your historical tracking rules for future use by changing these to disabled rather than deleting them completely.
  • Geocode Search
  • If a search based on a geographical location is ticked (field on Twitter tracking rule setup = Limit Search to Geographic Area) then the searching that will be applied is based on the latitude, longitude and radius as defined on the rule itself.
  • Geocode Latitude
  • Displays the geographical latitude.
  • Geocode Longitude
  • Displays the geographical longitude.
  • Geocode Radius
  • Displays the geographical radius, that is how many miles (or KM’s) from the central point do you want searching to be made.
  • Edit
  • Click on edit if you want to make changes to any existing tracking rule.

 

 

  • Tracking Rule Type
  • Select the tracking rule type to be applied to this rule.
    • Search Mentions – @mention will be tracked
    • Keyword Search – keyword can be tracked, if there are multiple keywords to be search together they need to be contained within “ “
    • Hashtags – #hashtagnames will be tracked
  • Tracking Rule
  • Enter the pattern to be tracked for mentions, keyword, and hashtags.
  • Enabled
  • Tick to enable this tracking rule, leave un-ticked for disabled.
  • Limit Search to Geographic Area
  • Tick indicates the geographical search rules will be applied, leave un-ticked if geographical search is not to be used.
  • When enabled the latitude and longitude settings will determine the central point in which to apply the radius miles(or KM’s)  to search against.  For example the following longitude / latitude setting examples are for the Isle of Man, from here in a 352 mile radius would limit your twitter account from picking up and displaying posts from UK ‘tweet’ posters.
  • Search Latitude
  • The latitude point (e.g. 54.19458336016267) which when combined with the longitude point determines the central point to start geographically searching for Tweets from.
  • Search Longitude
  • The longitude point (e.g. -4.597784320312485) which when combined with the latitude point determines the central point to start geographically searching for Tweets from.
  • Search Radius
  • This is how many miles/kilometres from the central point (latitude / longitude meeting points) that the site will include in the search for Tweets.
  • Radius can be held in miles or kilometres.
  • Save
  • Click on save and the new form will be added.
  • Note that duplicate tracking rules can’t be created (that is Unique tracking rule type and tracking rule combination). Geographic search is not taken into consideration.
  • Close
  • Click on close and the new form will not be added.

 

Example showing searchable area that is restricted to the UK and Ireland;

 

 

Select Search Area

 

A central point search location can be selected by manually entering a latitude and longitude. Or using the map, the pointer can be moved to the appropriate central point.

 

Click on select search area, screen displays;

 

  • Map Pointer
  • Use the map pointer to find the central point of the search location. When the pointer is moved, the latitude and longitude values will be automatically updated.
  • Radius Pointer
  • Use the radius pointer to increase or reduce the radius size. When the pointer is moved, the radius value will be automatically updated.
  • Latitude
  • The latitude point (e.g. 54.19458336016267) which when combined with the longitude point determines the central point to start geographically searching for Tweets from.
  • Longitude
  • The longitude point (e.g. -4.597784320312485) which when combined with the latitude point determines the central point to start geographically searching for Tweets from.
  • Radius
  • This is how many miles/kilometres from the central point (latitude / longitude meeting points) that the site will include in the search for Tweets.
  • Radius can be held in miles or kilometres.
  • If the radius distance type is changed between miles and kilometres, the radius value is recalculated to fit the type. The actual distance is not changed; just how it is measured will be changed.
  • Close
  • Click on close and the new form will not be added.

 

Note: F5 refresh will return the map to the original last saved location.

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16:07, 11 Sep 2014

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