#3— IFTTT and Google Sheets: Capture Tweets with Specific Hashtag
Any Tweet with #FuturesThoughts posted to Twitter is added to a Google Sheet
I serve on a Committee for St Edward High School called the “Futures Committee” where our goal is to look out and create an awareness of trends, etc. that will have an impact on the mission of the school and the education of the students.
The Committee decided to “flag” or aggregate content that the Committee members considered relevant and meaningful by sharing it on Twitter with the hashtag #FuturesThoughts.
I use IFTTT to “scrape” these tweets and post them as a new row to a Google Sheet.
Here is my outline of expected ongoing effort on my part:
- Tweet any relevant content (#FuturesThoughts),
- Add categories, to facilitate filtering later, in Google Sheets,
- Open Excel, click the “refresh” button, and
- Have all my content current, accessible, and analyzable, within Excel, and
- Every 2 weeks — share content and distribute to the Committee group.
Here is the workflow:
IFTTT — Applet ID 33351656d
“Search Twitter #FuturesThoughts and add row to a Google spreadsheet”
Automation End Result
I automated the back-end of this process as well. A Microsoft Excel file I created imports the Google Sheet list of tweet posts into Excel and enables me to share the content. Every 2 weeks, I email a PDF of the most recent posts — all linked back to the tweets.
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