A PHP library to get social networks feeds and merge them
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mixedfeed

A PHP library to rule them all, to entangle them with magic, a PHP library to gather them and bind them in darkness

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Install

composer require rezozero/mixedfeed
use RZ\MixedFeed\MixedFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\InstagramFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\TwitterFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\TwitterSearchFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\FacebookPageFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\GithubReleasesFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\GithubCommitsFeed;

$feed = new MixedFeed([
    new InstagramFeed(
        'instagram_user_id',
        'instagram_access_token',
        null // you can add a doctrine cache provider
    ),
    new TwitterFeed(
        'twitter_user_id',
        'twitter_consumer_key',
        'twitter_consumer_secret',
        'twitter_access_token',
        'twitter_access_token_secret',
        null,  // you can add a doctrine cache provider
        true,  // exclude replies true/false
        false, // include retweets true/false
        false  // extended mode true/false
    ),
    new TwitterSearchFeed(
        [
            '#art', // do not specify a key for string searchs
            'from' => 'rezo_zero',
            'since' => '2015-11-01',
            'until' => '2015-11-30',
        ],
        'twitter_consumer_key',
        'twitter_consumer_secret',
        'twitter_access_token',
        'twitter_access_token_secret',
        null,  // you can add a doctrine cache provider
        false  // extended mode true/false
    ),
    new FacebookPageFeed(
        'page-id',
        'app_access_token',
        null, // you can add a doctrine cache provider
        []    // And a fields array to retrieve too
    ),
    new GithubCommitsFeed(
        'symfony/symfony',
        'access_token',
        null // you can add a doctrine cache provider
    ),
    new GithubReleasesFeed(
        'roadiz/roadiz',
        'access_token',
        null // you can add a doctrine cache provider
    ),
]);

return $feed->getItems(12);

Combine feeds

mixedfeed can combine multiple social feeds so you can loop over them and use some common data fields such as feedItemPlatform, normalizedDate and canonicalMessage. mixedfeed will sort all your feed items by descending normalizedDate, but you can configure it to sort ascending:

new MixedFeed([…], MixedFeed::ASC);

Each feed provider must inject these three parameters in feed items:

  • feedItemPlatform: This is your social network name as a string i.e. «twitter». It will be important to cache your feed and for your HTML template engine to render properly each feed item.

For example, if you are using Twig, you will be able to include a sub-template for each social-platform.

{% for socialItem in mixedFeedItems %}
{% include ‘social-blocks/‘ ~ socialItem.feedItemPlatform ~ ‘.html.twig’ %}
{% endfor %}
  • normalizedDate: This is a crucial parameter as it allows mixedfeed library to sort antechronologically multiple feeds with heterogeneous structures.
  • canonicalMessage: This is a useful field which contains the text content for each item over all platforms. You can use this to display items texts within a simple loop.

Feed providers

Feed provider class Description feedItemPlatform
InstagramFeed Call over /v1/users/$userId/media/recent/ endpoint. It needs a $userId and an $accessToken instagram
TwitterFeed Call over statuses/user_timeline endpoint. It requires a $userId, a $consumerKey, a $consumerSecret, an $accessToken and an $accessTokenSecret. Be careful, this endpoint can only return up to 3,200 of a user’s most recent Tweets, your item count could be lesser than expected. In the same way, Twitter removes retweets after retrieving the items count. twitter
TwitterSearchFeed Call over search/tweets endpoint. It requires a $queryParams array, a $consumerKey, a $consumerSecret, an $accessToken and an $accessTokenSecret. Be careful, Twitter API won’t retrieve tweets older than 7 days, your item count could be lesser than expected. $queryParams must be a key-valued array with query operators according to Twitter API documentation. twitter
FacebookPageFeed Call over https://graph.facebook.com/$pageId/posts endpoint. It requires a $pageId and an $accessToken. This feed provider only works for public Facebook pages. To get an access-token visit: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/facebook-login/access-tokens. By default, link, picture, message, story, type, created_time, source, status_type fields are queried, you can add your own by passing $field array as last parameter. You can add since and until query parameters using setSince(\Datetime) and setUntil(\Datetime) methods. facebook_page
PinterestBoardFeed Call over /v1/boards/$boardId/pins/ endpoint. It requires a $boardId and an $accessToken. To get an access-token visit: https://developers.pinterest.com/tools/access_token/ pinterest_board
GithubReleasesFeed Call over api.github.com/repos/:user/:repo/releases endpoint. It requires a $repository (user/repository) and an $accessToken. You can add a last $page parameter. To get an access-token visit: https://github.com/settings/tokens github_release
GithubCommitsFeed Call over api.github.com/repos/:user/:repo/commits endpoint. It requires a $repository (user/repository) and an $accessToken. You can add a last $page parameter. To get an access-token visit: https://github.com/settings/tokens github_commit

Modify cache TTL

Each feed-provider which inherits from AbstractFeedProvider has access to setTtl() method in order to modify the default cache time. By default it is set for 7200 seconds, so you can adjust it to invalidate doctrine cache more or less often.

Create your own feed provider

There are plenty of APIs on the internet, and this tool won’t be able to handle them all. No problem, you can easily create your own feed provider to use in mixedfeed. You just have to create a new class that will inherit from RZ\MixedFeed\AbstractFeedProvider. Then you will have to implement each method from FeedProviderInterface:

  • getDateTime method to look for the critical datetime field in your feed.
  • getFeed method to consume your API endpoint with a count limit and take care of caching your responses. This method must convert your own feed items into \stdClass objects.
  • getCanonicalMessage method to look for the important text content in your feed items.
  • getFeedPlatform method to get a global text identifier for your feed items.
  • isValid method to check if API call has succeeded regarding feed content.
  • getErrors method to errors from API feed that did not succeed.
  • then a constructor that will be handy to use directly in the MixedFeed initialization.

Feel free to check our existing Feed providers to see how they work. And we strongly advise you to implement a caching system not to call your API endpoints at each request. By default, we use Doctrine’s caching system which has many storage options.

Create a feed provider from a Doctrine repository

If you need to merge social network feeds with your own website articles, you can create a custom FeedProvider which wraps your Doctrine objects into \stdClass items. You’ll need to implement your getFeed method using an EntityManager:

protected $entityManager;

public function __construct(\Doctrine\ORM\EntityManagerInterface $entityManager)
{
    $this->entityManager = $entityManager;
    $this->tags = $tags;
    $this->timespan = $timespan;
}

protected function getFeed($count = 5)
{
    return array_map(
        function (Article $article) {
            $object = new \stdClass();
            $object->native = $article;
            return $object;
        }, 
        $this->entityManager->getRepository(Article::class)->findBy(
            [],
            ['datetime' => 'DESC'],
            $count
        )
    );
}

Then you can define your date-time and canonical message methods to look into this object:

/**
 * @inheritDoc
 */
public function getDateTime($item)
{
    if ($item->native instanceof Article) {
        return $item->native->getDatetime();
    }

    return null;
}

/**
 * @inheritDoc
 */
public function getCanonicalMessage($item)
{
    if ($item->native instanceof Article) {
        return $item->native->getExcerpt();
    }

    return null;
}