Activate Blogs Source

This video demonstrates how to activate the Blogs source and interpret blog output.

1. Activating Blogs Source

Log in to your account and click the Sources tab.

All available data sources are displayed. Find the Blogs source and click the Activate button.

Complete the license screen.

_Note: The Description field requires a 20-word description for your intended use of Blogs data. _When adding a URL, you must include http:// at the start.

Select the check box agreeing to the License Agreement and click Agree after completing the form.

2. Creating a Blogs Stream

A stream is all the social media interactions and extra data added by DataSift as a result of your filter. Click the Filters tab and click the Create a Filter button.

Type in a name and description for your stream. Select the CSDL Code Editor and click the Start Editing button.

My example filter contains two conditions that match blog titles and content that contains various strings about the World Cup.

Click Save and Close.

The Blog documentation contains more information on Blog targets.

3. Verifying Filter Conditions

A summary of the configured stream is shown along with the cost (in Data Processing Units) and options to run the stream or edit it again.

Use Live Preview to verify the filter conditions are matching interactions correctly. Click Live Preview.

In the summary of sources, check that Blogs is listed.

Click the Play button at the bottom of the screen to start the live preview.

Wait for a few interactions to appear…

Then click the pause button.

4. Analyzing Interactions

Live Preview displays Interactions that match the filter conditions. Move the mouse pointer over an interaction and a debug symbol is displayed. Click to reveal more information about the interaction.

Use the debug window to view the blog output data. In the example, output data blog.title and blog.content contains World Cup, expand to view author information.

More examples of Blogs output is described in the Blog documentation.

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