Bluemix sample app written in Java that uses the Twitter API's to analyze the influence of individual twitter usernames
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How to Run and Deploy the Twitter Influence Analyzer

Overview of the app

This is a Java app that uses the following cloud services:

  • Cloudant

Give it a try! Click the button below to fork into IBM DevOps Services and deploy your own copy of this application on Bluemix. Note the app will not yet work; you need to set the environment variables.

Deploy to Bluemix

Getting Your Environment Variables (Twitter and Klout API Keys)

Before you set up your environment variables, you will need to find your callback URL, which is just the URL the app will be running on:

  1. Once you click on the "Deploy to Bluemix" button above, you will be taken to a page and will either need to log in or create a Bluemix account.

  2. Once you have signed in, click on the blue "Deploy" button on the bottom right corner, and wait for it to finish creating and configuring your application. Again, your app will not yet be successfully deployed as your environment variables are not set up yet. Your screen should look like this:


  1. Go to, and use the hamburger menu at the top right hand corner to to go to your Application Dashboard. Find our application.

  2. Copy the application's Route URL and save it to your clipboard.

Before you can get your app running, you need to get your Twitter API keys and set up your environment variables on Bluemix.

  1. To get your Twitter API Keys, go here:

  2. Sign into your twitter account, click on "create new app", and fill out the form. For the callback URL, enter your Bluemix app's route URL you copied to your clipboard earlier.

  3. Once you have generated your Twitter app, navigate to Keys and Access Tokens, locate your Consumer Key and Consumer Secret. We will come back to this later.

  4. Once you have your Twitter API keys generated, go back to, find your app on your Dashboard, click on it, and use the left panel to navigate to "Runtime".

  5. Once you're in the Runtime section, click on "Environment Variables", and add your Twitter and Klout API keys as shown below: (make sure the environemnt variable names match EXACTLY what is shown below, as in your Twitter API Consumer Key should be named "TWITTER_CONSUMER_KEY", your Twitter Consumer Secret as "TWITTER_CONSUMER_SECRET", your Twitter Access Token as "TWITTER_ACCESS_TOKEN", and your Twitter Access Token Secret as "TWITTER_ACCESS_KEY").


Hit save and you're done! Your app is now live! In order to access it, go back to to the dashboard, and click on your app's Route URL.


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Pushing the app using Eclipse

Step 1: Prerequisites

• Download IBM Bluemix Plug-in

You will also need to download the IBM Bluemix plug-in for Eclipse. To do this, go to Eclipse and follow the instructions below:

  1. Click: Help > Eclipse Marketplace...
  2. Search: "Bluemix"
  3. Look for the item titled: "IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix" (It should be the first listing)
  4. Click: Install


Step 2. Import the project into Eclipse

Next, you will need to import the project into Eclipse. Recommendation is to use the Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers.

Import the WAR File

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click the green button labeled "twitter_influence_analyzer-1.2.war" and that will download the WAR file.
  3. Open Eclipse
  4. Then File->Import
  5. Scroll down to the "Web" section, expand that section and click WAR File then click Next.
  6. Select the war file from where it was downloaded. Ensure that Target Runtime is targeting IBM Bluemix.
  7. Click Next and then Finish and the project should be imported into Eclipse

Step 3. Acquiring External and Public APIs

Your app will not work if you do not add your Twitter API keys and access Tokens to your environment variable.

This app uses some external APIs. You need to register the app with Twitter to get the keys and tokens.

• Twitter v1.1 API

To access the Twitter API you need the consumer keys and access tokens, so you must register the app with Twitter. You can register your app here.

When you set up your twitter application settings, it will ask for the fully-qualified URL to your website. This should match, exactly, the URL you plan to use for your bluemix app. For example, if your Bluemix app will be located at, then the Website text box under Create an Application should read that exact URL. You will have to match this to the subdomain that you give when your app is deployed.

More information on how to register the app with Twitter

• Google Maps v3 API

This app uses the Google Maps v3 APIs. Google APIs are open for the developers and you do not need to register the app with Google. Here's the link for the Google Maps APIs.

Step 4. Deploying the app

• Set up Bluemix Server

Make sure you are in the Java EE perspective in Eclipse.

  1. In the bottom window section, select the Servers tab. (Alternatively, you can click: Window > Show View > Servers)
  2. Right-Click inside the Servers panel and select New > Server
  3. Select, IBM > IBM Bluemix and click Next.
  4. Enter your login information for Bluemix in the email and password sections.
  5. From the URL dropdown menu, choose: IBM Bluemix
  6. Hit Next and Bluemix will automatically validate your account credentials.
  7. Optional: Select the Organization within your Bluemix account that you would like to deploy to.
  8. Click: Finish

• Push the app

  1. Right-Click on the Bluemix server and click: Connect (Optional)
  2. Right-Click on the Bluemix server and select: Add and Remove...
  3. Select your Twitter Influence Analyzer project from the window on the left and click: Add >
  4. Click: Finish
  5. Enter a Name for your app and select: Next
  6. Enter THE SAME subdomain that you used to register with Twitter. (e.g. Click Next image
  7. You should see a screen like the one above. Create and bind the Cloudant NoSQLDB service. If it is not already created, select the icon in the top right. (Refer to Option B of Creating a Cloudant Service for how to search and create the service.) The application is built to assume that you leave the default name of "cloudantNoSQLDB" for your service name. If you change the name, the app may break. Hit Next
  8. IMPORTANT: Add your Twitter API credentials under environment variables:


 Right click, and select `Add`. Provide this information:

| Variable Name             |  Variable Value                      |
|---------------------------|--------------------------------      |
| TWITTER_CONSUMER_KEY      | `{Your Twitter API Key}`             |
| TWITTER_CONSUMER_SECRET   | `{Your Twitter API Secret}`          |
| TWITTER_ACCESS_TOKEN      | `{Your Twitter Access Token}`        |
| TWITTER_ACCESS_KEY        | `{Your Twitter Access Token Secret}` |


You may do this step later, but your application will fail without it. Click: Finish. Your app will deploy to Bluemix. If you haven't already created and bound your cloudant service, please refer to Step 5: Create a Cloudant Servic

You may now push your app using the "start" or "push" button in the section shown below:


Congrats! your app is now published to Bluemix! You may now view your app by copying and pasting the url shown in the section below to your browser:


Step 5. Create a Cloudant service

There are two ways to create and bind the cloudant service to your application.

Option A. Using the ACE UI:

  1. In your web browser, go to:
  2. Login and scroll down to the Services section
  3. Click: Add a service
  4. Click on the service labeled: CloudantNoSQLDB
  5. Click: Add to Application
  6. From the drop down menu, select your new app.
  7. Click: Create

Option B. Using the Eclipse plugin for Bluemix

  1. Double click your application under the IBM Bluemix server.
  2. Under the services selection, select the "add a service icon" in the top right. (It is just an icon)
  3. Search for cloudantNoSQLDB, and select the first option. Give it a name and pick the "Lite" plan.
  4. Select Finish. This will create the service in your Bluemix organization.
  5. Under services, where your new service (with the name you specified) shows, drag the new service to "Application Services" on the right side of Eclipse. (Verify that you have the right application with the application name.) image
  6. Click Update and Restart to restart your app with the new service.

Step 6. Adding Environment Variables through ACE

Another option is to add the environment variables through ACE.

  1. Go to Bluemix, and navigate to your dashboard.
  2. Select the application that you deployed earlier on eclipse.
  3. On the app information page, click the buildpack, LIBERTY-WAR (IBMJDK)... either on the left side under your app name, or in the middle. image
  4. Under Environment Variables, select USER_DEFINED and enter the same information specified in the table under Step 4.
  5. Select Save. Restart your app. It may take a few minutes for the changes to be recorded.

Step 7. Explore your app

  1. Navigate to the main dashboard view in Bluemix
  2. Find your new app on the Dashboard.
  3. Below the name of your app is a link that takes you to the running app. Click on that link.


This is the home screen of the app. You can enter a twitter screen name in the text box and click the Analyze button to see their influence. You can also view any records saved in the database by clicking on the 'View Database' button.


After entering the twitter name and clicking the Analyze button, you'll be able to see the influence analysis of that person on the left side. You will also see their last 10 tweets and any recent mentions in the tweets plotted on Google Maps (if there is geolocation data for a tweet).


These are the records of the Influencers in the database. The user can also delete the records.