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Twitter Influencer Analyzer (Node.js)

Twitter Influencer Analyzer is a web application which collects data from Twitter, Klout and Google Maps to display influence relationships between twitter users.

This is a Node.js app that uses the following cloud services:

  • Cloudant NoSQL DB

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 (discussed below).

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:

![image](images/App Deploy.png)

  1. Go to www.bluemix.net, and use the hamburger menu at the top right hand corner to to go to your Application Dashboard. Find our application (it should have the prefix "bluemix-sample-tia-node" followed by your username and a unique number sequence.

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

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

  1. To get your Twitter API Keys, go here: https://apps.twitter.com

  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. Next, we will be generating our Klout API Keys. Go to http://klout.com/s/developers/home, and similar to what we did for the Twitter API, create a new app, fill out the form, and enter your Bluemix app's route URL for the callback URL section on the Klout API form.

  5. Once you have your Klout API keys generated, go back to www.bluemix.net, find your app on your Dashboard, click on it, and use the left panel to navigate to "Runtime".

  6. 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 key should be named "twitterkey", your Twitter Consumer Secret "twittersecret", and your Klout Key "kloutkey")

![image](images/Environment Variables.png)

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.

Alternatively, Deploy Your App Via Command Line (CLI)


Before we begin, we first need to install the [Bluemix Command Line Tool] (http://clis.ng.bluemix.net/ui/home.html) as well as the CF Command Line Tool that will be used to upload and manage your application. If you've previously installed an older version of the cf tool, make sure you are now using cf v6 by passing it the -v flag:

cf -v

In the terminal, go to the directory of your app and follow these steps:

  1. Create a git clone of this repository.

    git clone https://github.com/ibmjstart/bluemix-sample-tia-node.git

  2. Login to Bluemix.

    usage: $ cf login [-a API_URL]
    example: $ cf login -a https://api.ng.bluemix.net
  3. Create an instance of the cloudantdb service. Be sure to make the service instance name exactly "Cloudant-tia" as that's required by the manifest.yml file.

    usage: $ cf create-service SERVICE PLAN SERVICE_INSTANCE_NAME
    example: $ cf create-service cloudantnosqldb Lite Cloudant-tia

    From the cloned Twitter Influencer root directory, push the app without starting it (we need to first set the environment variables before we can run it). o long as you used Cloudant-tia for your database name. Also note that the app's name (APP) is used for the hostname of the application by default; therefore, be sure to use something unique such as "tia-" followed by your username so that it does not conflict with other user apps.

usage: $ cf push APP --no-start [-c COMMAND]
example: $ cf push tia-<username> --no-start -c "node app.js"

The -c flag is used to specify the start command that should be used by CloudFoundry when it runs your app.

  1. Now we need to set the environment variables. We have three: the twitter key, twitter consumer secret, and the klout key. When we set these variables make sure to use "twitterkey", "twittersecret", and "kloutkey" as the names of these environment variables or the app will not work.
usage: $ cf set-env APP ENV_NAME VALUE
example: $ cf set-env tia-<username> twitterkey <your twitter key>

Do this three times for each environment variable: twitterkey, twittersecret, and kloutkey.

  1. Now we are ready to start the app!
usage: $ cf start APP
example: $ cf start tia-<username>

That's it! For instructions on usage, please see Using the App from the Browser or just head over to your app's URL (such as http://tia-&lt;username&gt;.mybluemix.net) to start exploring!

Running locally

You will need node.js installed (version 0.10.x or greater), which comes with npm (version 1.1.x or greater).

You will also need an instance of CloudantDB running on https://ace.ng.bluemix.net/. You will also need to get the "environment variables" from bluemix (specifically the cloudant "url") and hardcode the application to call the cloudant api via the url when run locally. In cloudant.js, set the CLOUDANT_URL variable to be the url from the bluemix Environment Variables.

In order to do this, go to your Bluemix applications dashbaord, and click on your Cloudant service. Once there, click on the "Service Credentials" tab, create a new credential, and copy the URL string displayed to you.


Once you have that in order:

Finally, to run the app, use one of:

  • node app.js
  • node lib/cli.js
  • npm start
  • ./build.coffee serve (build serve on Windows)
  • ./build.coffee watch (does not run on on Windows)

The first four all do the same thing.

./build.coffee watch is used at development time. It will watch the source directories, and restart the server when they change.

The server will print the URL at which it's available after it's started.

Before you run, you need to navigate to the project directory in CLI, and add the Twitter Key, Twitter Secret, and Klout Key as environment variables, as shown below:

  1. To add your Twitter API Key, run the prompt:

export twitterkey=your_twitter_key

  1. To add your Twitter API Secrety, run the prompt:

export twittersecret=your_twitter_secret

  1. To add your Klout API Key, run the prompt:

export koutkey=your_klout_key

Your command line should look something like this:


Next, when you run the app using one of the prompts given above, you should see something like this when you run:

bluemix-sample-tia-node: cloudant: url: https://736e4510-fa78-49a...bluemix.cloudant.com
bluemix-sample-tia-node: ---------------------------------------------------------------
bluemix-sample-tia-node: twitter bearer token retrieved
bluemix-sample-tia-node: starting server on pid 82546 at http://localhost:8000

Now, enter the localhost url given to you on your browser to use the app!

Using the App from the Browser

The app consists of 4 pages:

  • the home page, which lists all the twitter users you have explored
  • an individual's user page, displaying information about that user
  • the messages page, displaying error and informational messages
  • the help page, providing a legend of some of the symbols used

When you run the first time, there will be no users listed on the home page. Enter one in the prompter on the page, and press the Analyze button. That should take you to the individual's user page. When you traverse back to home (press the back button - or you can always click the 'Home' link at the top), you'll see that user in the list. As you explore more users, they will be pushed to the top of the list.

The list provides a "delete" button to remove the user from the list, a green badge showing their klout score, a search icon button which will display the individual's user page, and a twitter icon button which will take you to the user's twitter page.

The list of users is stored in your browsers local storage - it's not saved anywhere on the web.

The individual user page displays up to 4 things:

  • list of twitter users this user is influenced by
  • list of twitter users that are influenced by this user
  • recent tweets
  • a Google map if any tweets are geo-coded

For each of the influenced by and influences users, their klout score badget, a search icon button, and twitter icon button are displayed. Click on the search icon button to display that user's individual user page.

For tweets which are geo-coded, a numeric badge link is displayed; click on that bad to display the referenced location in Google Maps.

What the App Does in the Browser

The web app is contructed as a single-page-app using AngularJS. The web resources - html, css, and js files are located in the www directory. Each 'page' in the app is designed as a separate html view, with a controller to go with, located in the www/controllers directory.

The web app issues XHR requests back to the server to get dynamic data from klout and twitter. To make the system appear non-laggy, the data previously returned from an XHR request is shown on the web page before the more recent data is returned from the server. Often, the data won't change.

The list of users you've explored, and other not-frequently changing data is persisted to localStorage, bypassing the need to store that personal data 'in the cloud'.

Google maps are generated in the browser using the Google Static Maps API.

What the App Does on the Server

The server does three basic things:

  • serves static content for the web app - html, css, and js files
  • serves XHR requests for klout and twitter data
  • persists data in a CloudantDB cache

XHR requests are first checked to see if there is a recent response value in the CloudantDB cache. If there is, it's returned. Otherwise, a request is made of the appropriate service, and the response is then added to the cache, for future requests.


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