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Filtering Twitterby keywords or user names is not an easy task to accomplish. Twitter does not have a built in way to filter out potentially unwanted Tweets from its users. Because of the lack of a filter, Twitter can be a risk to have placed for public viewing.
Because Twitter can create an exciting “back channel” of information for an event by incorporating Twitter Hash-Tags, many (including myself) , desire to display a Twitter Feed on a wall or with a portable screen by utilizing a LCD projector. The biggest issue stopping people from doing this is the threat of something seriously inappropriate appearing in the Twitter Stream by a user (like profanity or worse). Because of this, you simply don’t see this type of interactive experience being utilized by organizations or in many educational settings.
I’ve spent an awful long time trying various types of RSS and Atom Feed Alchemy to accomplish some type of working Twitter Filter. Some of my first attempts at “sanitizing” a Twitter Feed included using Yahoo Pipes, Feed Rinse, and Feed Burner (among a host of other RSS/Atom Tool). These attempts resulted in usable solutions, but they were not very practical, nor as visually appealing as I would have liked them to be.
I finally was able to discover a simple way to accomplish this type of Twitter Feed Filtering by using a program called Mixero. To date, I have not found a simpler way to perform an easier or more visually appealing Twitter Filter than that which Mixero is able to provide. I’ve created a YouTube screencast/audio tutorial of how to accomplish this and placed it on YouTube for anyone to use. Mixero is a free Twitter and Facebook Social Aggregator. Please watch the YouTube video in this post for a detailed account of how to do this using Mixero.
YouTube Extra:Dr. Pisano discusses Filtering Twitter Feeds For Profanity and Specific Users:
Direct YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf84hw8xtJw
Mixero Direct Link: http://mixero.com
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pisanojm
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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