Learn Twitter API Programming

Join Boston PHP and Adam Green in an introduction to Twitter API programming with PHP and MySQL. We will show you how to connect to the Twitter API servers, store tweets and user account info in a MySQL database, and display the data on any website. We will explore advanced topics like ranking Twitter users for influence and automatically following them.

The Twitter API is free, and best of all nobody has to approve your Twitter applications before they are released. PHP is a great language for Twitter programming, with its ease of gathering data from a Web API, storing it into a database, and integrating the results of database queries with HTML.

With the techniques you will learn here, you’ll understand what it takes to write your own Twitter apps for a Web startup or deliver custom Twitter functionality to your clients.

  • Here is what we will cover:
  • Types of data and functionality available from the Twitter API
  • How to create your first Twitter application
  • Gathering tweets in real-time for keywords or from selected users
  • Creating a Twitter database cache for optimum query performance
  • Data mining a Twitter database to identify trends and top users
  • Code architecture for putting tweets into web pages for serious Google SEO juice
  • Programming Twitter accounts with scheduled tweets and automated following

If you want to integrate Twitter data into websites for SEO, or you need to automate a Twitter marketing and sales program - then this is for you.


Free Ticket to the Zend PHP Conference:
We will be raffling off one free ticket (worth $1,000) to the Zend PHP Conference (ZendCon)  to be held on October 17-20, 2011, at the Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

This is one of the hottest PHP conferences around and you don't want to miss a chance to get in for free. If your interested, and can get yourself to California, then make sure you RSVP and attend this event. We will put your name in a hat and draw a lucky winner. 

The Zend PHP Conference (ZendCon) is the largest gathering of the PHP Community and brings together PHP developers and IT managers from around the world to discuss PHP best practices and explore new technologies.

6:00 - 7:00 : Doors open, socializing, BoothCamp
7:00 - 7:15 : Announcements
7:15 - 8:45 : Presentation
8:45 - 9:00 : Questions
9:00 - ???? : Beers somewhere?


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  • Michael B.

    February 28, 2012

  • Michael B.

    It was raised in this meetup if it was possible to run a cron job less than every 60 seconds. Here is a solution: http://jeff.loiselles.com/?p=5

    September 16, 2011

  • Gregory D.

    This was an excellent presentation!

    September 16, 2011

  • E B

    Brilliant talk. Mr. Green has excessive knowledge of the subject, which is always a good thing. He shared his methods and code freely. My mind was burning with new ideas, inspired be the speaker's work.

    September 16, 2011

  • Merlin C.

    I enjoyed hearing Adam Green's presentation on Twitter API programming. I found it interesting the various ways to present dynamic data and was impressed how vast the number of tweets aggregated by his site @2012twit. Though PHP back end development is new to me, I found the work via @140dev to be very helpful to get a behind the scenes look of how his project was built.

    September 16, 2011

  • Kiran (A.K.) A.

    Adam (@140dev) has a wealth of information. Appreciate all his efforts to share the knowledge and source code with everybody. Great insights on how to use the data, api, tech to build apps. Real working examples and apps made so much sense to apply into other areas/verticals.


    September 15, 2011

  • Diane Ponte S.

    Very well presented, great visual diagrams and documentation. Andrew Dane has a genuine, down to earth delivery style, and was very generous to share his vast knowledge of Twitter API Programming and how to turn tweets into an immense "database-land".

    September 15, 2011

  • Andrew

    thanks Andrew, im actually following your guide right now creating the jump drive!

    September 15, 2011

  • Andrew D.

    The slides for my lightning talk are here: http://bit.ly/q9p6WX . Thanks Adam for a great main presentation!

    September 15, 2011

  • Ryan M.

    Fantastic info, great examples and insight. Was dragging a little in the middle. Try to work on timing/pace.

    September 15, 2011

  • Scott C.

    Excellent description, glad to get the slides printed out for us, interesting stories

    September 15, 2011

  • Rick U.

    Really enjoyed the speaker and the topic.

    September 15, 2011

  • Linda P.

    This was a great session. Michael did a great job managing the program, and Andy is a extremely talented guy. I appreciated his engaging style, stories and his solution using the API is brilliant. I can't wait to use the strategy for several new projects.

    September 15, 2011

  • Max F.

    Really useful, thanks!

    September 15, 2011

  • Andrew D.

    Adam went into detail about how not just get amazing data from twitter, but novel ways to use that data.

    September 15, 2011

  • Peter M.

    I went to this Meetup unsure about how to integrate Twitter into anything useful. Adam showed right off the bat how to use Twitter and data-mining techniques in clearly and concisely. I now have some ideas about how to use Twitter on a page I'm kicking around. And, I'll definitely get myself a Twitter account.

    September 15, 2011

  • Ricardo

    This was a great presentation.

    September 15, 2011

  • Andrew

    Excellent meetup, the speaker presented a full featured presentation including handouts. He was a great speaker and I'm pretty excited to get started on my own twitter implementation on my site!

    September 15, 2011

  • Tim p.

    speaker was knowledgeable/entertaining but didn't teach enough on the specifics of how to code up the Twitter API

    September 15, 2011

  • Chris N.

    This was much more insightful than I expected.

    September 15, 2011

  • Dan S.

    Amongst the best presentations I've attended. Adam covered his agenda, provided open-source resources (both in print and online!), and was transparent in answering questions posed by the audience, often time going into as much depth as time and attention would allow. The flow of the presentation was spot on -- he was very generous with his experience and tips/tricks to using the API. Time definitely well spent!

    September 15, 2011

  • Nate K.

    Interesting to see how twitter is being used. Was hoping to see more code examples of all the different API calls and how you can query data.

    September 15, 2011

  • Rick P.

    Outstanding !!!

    September 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great lecture. Environment: Food should be served around 7:00 or so every one can have a bite. I didn't see any pizza.

    September 15, 2011

  • Gabe G.

    Great talk.

    September 15, 2011

  • Bobby C.

    Great presentation by Adam Green! The use of his live website to illustrate the points of his presentation made it easy to follow and definitely got me excited about learning how to use the API so I can find out what I can do with it. I brought 2 guests who are not developers and both of them also enjoyed it.

    September 15, 2011

  • Peter L.

    Adam gave a great presentation: lots of good ideas, tips, examples, code, everything. Can't wait to start digging into his websites to learn more!

    September 15, 2011

  • Sara L.

    Fantastic talk - really learned a lot!

    September 15, 2011

  • Holden S

    I have a feeling that this is going to be some fun...

    1 · September 13, 2011

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    May 17, 2011

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