Jun 30, 2014

How to Save Tweets for any Twitter Hashtag

Wouldn’t it be nice if Twitter had an Export button? You search for something, maybe an #hashtag or your brand name, and all the matching tweets would get saved in a spreadsheet or another file format of your choice. And, better still, the archive would update itself as new matching tweets are posted on Twitter in the future.

Well, Twitter is unlikely to provide you an option to save search results directly but here’s a do-it-yourself solution that takes 5-minutes to implement (watch video) and it will save all matching tweets for your search term(s) in a Google Spreadsheet automatically.

The idea is simple. We’ll have a Google Spreadsheet that will talk to Twitter through a Google Script and will import all the search results into the sheet. It will make this connection to Twitter every few minutes and fetches all the new tweets that have been added to Twitter since the last check.

Archive Tweets Permanently

Save Tweets Forever in a Spreadsheet

  1. Click here to copy the Twitter Archiver sheet into your Google Drive. Set the name of the sheet as any hashtag or a search phrase. For instance, you could set the sheet name as #WorldCup2014 to save all the FIFA related tweets.

  2. Go to apps.twitter.com and create a new application. Put http://ift.tt/PDVGTM as the Callback URL and save your changes. Select the API Keys tab and make a note of the Twitter Consumer Key and Secret.

  3. Switch to your Google sheet and select Tools -> Script Editor. Don’t worry, you don’t have to write a single line of code here, just copy-paste the Twitter secret and key inside the editor. Now select the Run menu, choose Initialize and grant the necessary permissions.

That’s it. The tweets will now appear inside your Google Sheet. These are the first set of 100 tweets and new tweets will be automatically pulled and added into your sheet every few minutes.

In addition to tweets, the Twitter Archiver app also imports other data like the tweet’s retweet & favorite count and the tweeter’s friend & followers count. This data will help you filter out the spam or figure out the most influential tweets from the imported data.

The Twitter Archiver sheet will run in the background and monitor Twitter for new tweets. If you would like to stop the tracker, go to the Script Editor and choose Stop from the Run menu as shown in the screencast video.

Twitter Archiver – Video

Since the tweets are saved in a standard spreadsheet, you can easily export the search results in various formats including PDF, CSV or even publish your data set as an HTML web page (choose File -> Publish to Web inside Google Sheets). Advanced users may try this technique to create JSON or RSS Feeds from Twitter.

This story, How to Save Tweets for any Twitter Hashtag, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 30/06/2014 under Twitter, Internet

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Xfce App Launcher `Whisker Menu` Sees New Release

Whisker Menu is an application menu / launcher for Xfce that features a search function so you can easily find the application you want to launch. The menu supports browsing apps by category, you can add applications to favorites and more.

The tool is used as the default Xubuntu application menu starting with the latest 14.04 release and in Linux Mint Xfce starting with version 15 (Olivia).

Whisker Menu was updated to version 1.4.0 recently, getting some interesting changes:

  • added option to switch position of categories and launchers;

  • added waiting for grabs;

  • allow modifier as shortcut;

  • added padding to username;

  • added single panel row option;

  • added about entry to context menu;

  • the applications are now loaded immediately;

  • recognize keypad enter as return for searching;

  • the menu window type hint is now set to DIALOG;

  • translation updates.

Install / upgrade to the latest Whisker Menu in Xubuntu or Linux Mint

The Whisker Menu PPA was updated to the latest 1.4.0 version recently and you can use to both upgrade to the latest version obviously, as well as to install the tool in (X)Ubuntu versions for which Whisker Menu isn't available in the official repositories (supported versions: Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10 and 12.04 and the corresponding Linux Mint versions).

Note: I've only tested the latest Whisker Menu 1.4.0 in Xubuntu 14.04.

To add the Whisker Menu PPA and install / update the application, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin

If you've already had an older Whisker Menu version installed, you'll also need to restart the Xfce panel (or log out and log back in) to get the latest version:

xfce4-panel --restart

If this is a new Whisker Menu installation, add the menu to the panel by right clicking the panel and selecting: Panel > Add New Items, then select "Whisker Menu" and click "Add".

If you're not using Ubuntu / Linux Mint, grab Whisker Menu from HERE.

Arch Linux: install Whisker Menu via AUR.

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Jun 28, 2014

Free Social Media Icons for your Website

Here are some of my favorite social media iconsets that are professionally designed, they are available as free downloads and can be used anywhere, including presentations, without restrictions. The collection includes flat icons, circular, long shadows, thin and minimalistic icons with thin edges, and more. Click the proof sheet images for the download links.


Cute Social Media Icons






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Tip: Use reverse image search in Google to discover similar icon sets on the web.

This story, Free Social Media Icons for your Website, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 28/06/2014 under Facebook, Icons, Twitter, Internet

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Jun 27, 2014

Convert Audio / Video Files With Selene Media Encoder

Selene is a GTK3/Vala media converter tool developed by Tony George (who's also behind Conky Manager), which "aims to provide a simple GUI for converting files to popular formats along with powerful command-line options for automated/unattended encoding".

Besides supporting most popular audio/video formats, Selene supports 2 type of presets: JSON presets (which determine the audio/video format, codecs, bitrate, quality and so on) as well as Bash script presets which can be used for converting files using any command line utility, useful for integrating tools that aren't directly supported by Selene, as well as for automated / unattended encoding.

It's also important to note that Selene can also crop / resize / resample videos or embed subtitles.

The application is under constant development, with the latest version (2.4) being released about 10 days ago with SOX Audio Processing support, an option to check for missing encoders (see screenshot below) and bug fixes.

Selene Media Encoder
Selene - encoders status

Selene Media Encoder
Selene Presets - filter options

Selene Media Encoder features:

  • Encode videos to MKV/MP4/OGV/WEBM formats;

  • Encode music to MP3/AAC/OGG/OPUS/FLAC/WAV formats;

  • Option to pause/resume encoding;

  • Option to run in background and shutdown PC after encoding;

  • Option for SOX Audio Processing;

  • Customizable presets;

  • Preview file before converting;

  • Bash scripts can be written to control the encoding process;

  • Command line interface for unattended/automated encoding (run "selene --help" for a list of available commands);

  • Support for copying audio tags (Artist, Album, etc) to the the output file;

  • Option to check for missing encoders.

Install Selene Media Encoder in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

Ubuntu / Linux Mint (and derivatives) users can install the latest Selene Media Encoder by using its official PPA. Add the PPA and install Selene using the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install selene

If you don't want to add the PPA or you're using Debian, etc., grab the Selene Media Encoder deb from HERE.

For encoding AAC/MP4 format, Selene needs NeroAAC encoder which you can install by using the following commands:

cd /tmp
wget http://ift.tt/1pHesIs
unzip -j NeroAACCodec-1.5.1.zip linux/neroAacEnc
sudo install -m 0755 neroAacEnc /usr/bin
sudo apt-get install gpac

Arch Linux users can install Selene via AUR.

Other Linux distributions: grab the Selene source code via Launchpad (BZR).

For more information, usage, how to use bash scripts for encoding and more, see Selene's homepage.

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Xnoise Media Player Development Stopped

Xnoise is a GTK+ media player built with big music collections in mind. Its development started back in 2008 and unfortunately, it looks like 2014 is its final year because, according to Shuerhaaken, the Xnoise developer, the player "lost development contributors" and he doesn't have enough time to continue the project:

"I started doing xnoise in 2008 and I spent quite some time developing it and that was fun for me! With the nice and then newly created vala language, it was a great adventure to gain more experience by adding new features, speeding things up and discussing design issues.

Problem is, I lost development contributors and I wasn't able to interest others to join the development of xnoise. With me now having less time, I decided to let this project die. Anybody can fork xnoise and proceed, but I'm out. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thanks to all helpers, contributors and translators!

Best Regards"

On the other hand, Libtaginfo, a library for reading media metadata (tags), which was used by Xnoise and developed by the same Shuerhaaken, will not be abandoned.

Xnoise is free, open source software so even though its developer won't be maintaining it any more, it doesn't mean it's dead yet: if there are Xnoise users out there who can continue its development, contact Shuerhaaken on the Xnoise mailing list and see if you can take over the project.

Thanks to Gijs for the tip!

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