Sample web app and helper scripts to get started with the premium Account Activity API
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account-activity-dashboard

Sample web app and helper scripts to get started with Twitter's premium Account Activity API (All Activities). Written in Node.js. Full documentation for this API can be found on developer.twitter.com here.

Dependencies

Create and configure a Twitter app

  1. Create a Twitter app on developer.twitter.com

  2. On the Permissions tab > Edit > Access permission section > enable Read, Write and direct messages.

  3. On the Keys and Tokens tab > Access token & access token secret section > click Create button.

  4. On the Keys and Tokens tab, take note of the consumer API key, consumer API secret, access token and access token secret.

Setup & run the Node.js web app

  1. Clone this repository:

    git clone https://github.com/twitterdev/account-activity-dashboard.git
  2. Install Node.js dependencies:

    npm install
  3. Create a new config.json file based on config.sample.json and fill in your Twitter keys, tokens and webhook environment name. Twitter keys and access tokens are found on your app page on apps.twitter.com. The basic auth properties can be anything you want, and are used for simple password protection to access the configuration UI.

  4. Run locally:

    npm start
  5. Deploy app or setup a tunnel to localhost. To deploy to Heroku see "Deploy to Heroku" instructions below. To setup a tunnel use something like ngrok.

    Take note of your webhook URL. For example:

    https://your.app.domain/webhook/twitter
    
  6. Take note of the deployed URL, revisit your developer.twitter.com Apps Settings page, and add the following URL values as whitelisted Callback URLs:

    http(s)://your.app.domain/callbacks/addsub
    http(s)://your.app.domain/callbacks/removesub
    

Configure webhook to receive events

To configure your webhook you can use this apps' web UI, or use the example scripts from the command line.

Using the web UI

Load the web app in your browser and follow the instructions below.

  1. Setup webhook config. Navigate to the "manage webhook" view. Enter your webhook URL noted earlier and click "Create/Update."

  2. Add a user subscription. Navigate to the "manage subscriptions" view. Click "add" and proceed with Twitter sign-in. Once complete your webhook will start to receive account activity events for the user.

Using the command line example scripts

These scripts should be executed from root of the project folder. Your environment, url or webhook ID should be passed in as command line arguments.

  1. Create webhook config.

    node example_scripts/webhook_management/create-webhook-config.js -e <environment> -u <url>
  2. Add a user subscription for the user that owns the app.

    node example_scripts/subscription_management/add-subscription-app-owner.js -e <environment>
  3. To add a user subscription for another user using PIN-based Twitter sign-in.

    node example_scripts/subscription_management/add-subscription-other-user.js -e <environment>

Note: More example scripts can be found in the example_scripts directory to:

  • Create, delete, retrieve and validate webhook configs.
  • Add, remove, retrieve, count and list user subscriptions.

Deploy to Heroku (optional)

  1. Init Heroku app.

    heroku create
  2. Run locally.

    heroku local
    
  3. Configure environment variables. Set up an environment variable for every property on config.json. See Heroku documentation on Configuration and Config Vars.

  4. Deploy to Heroku.

    git push heroku master

Note: The free tier of Heroku will put your app to sleep after 30 minutes. On cold start, you app will have very high latency which may result in a CRC failure that deactivates your webhook. To trigger a challenge response request and re-validate, run the following script.

node example_scripts/webhook_management/validate-webhook-config.js -e <environment> -i <webhook_id>

Production considerations

This app is for demonstration purposes only, and should not be used in production without further modifcations. Dependencies on databases, and other types of services are intentionally not within the scope of this sample app. Some considerations below:

  • With this basic application, user information is stored in server side sessions. This may not provide the best user experience or be the best solution for your use case, especially if you are adding more functionality.
  • The application can handle light usage, but you may experience API rate limit issues under heavier load. Consider storing data locally in a secure database, or caching requests.
  • To support multiple users (admins, team members, customers, etc), consider implementing a form of Access Control List for better security.