How to Save Tweets Using Free Tools

Twitter is a great free tool to send, receive and share micro (small) messages (aka tweets) with other Twitter users. These tweets are limited to 280 characters (as of writing this post) and can include images and videos. Once you login to your Twitter account, it defaults to Home where you can see your timeline. This timeline shows all the tweets from the users that you follow on Twitter. These users can be people and/or organizations.

Your timeline can get long (would seem like infinite scrolling) if you follow many users and those users post at different times of the day. This means is that you have to be constantly checking Twitter to see what other users are tweeting about. For most people, this can be very time consuming. No worries, there is a solution (a little applet) that can help.

Here is what you will need:

  1. Twitter Account (free)
  2. Google Account (free)
  3. IFTTT Account (free)

Here are the steps for IFTTT:

  1. Log in to IFTTT
  2. Click on New Applet
  3. Click on ‘+this’IFTTT 1
  4. Click on the Twitter serviceIFTTT 2
  5. Click on the trigger ‘New tweet by a specific user’IFTTT 3.png
  6. Type the Twitter user name you want follow and click on ‘Create trigger’IFTTT 4
  7. Click on ‘+that’IFTTT 5
  8. Click on Google SheetsIFTTT 6
  9. Click on ‘Add row to spreadsheet’IFTTT 7
  10. Verify what information you want in the Google Spreadsheets rows, the Google Sheets location and then click ‘Create action’IFTTT 8
  11. Verify applet information and then click on Finish.
    IFTTT 9

Congratulations you have created an applet on IFTTT! Now, simply go to your Google Sheets and see the tweets being collected automatically!

But wait there is more! The tweets that you are collecting can be used to do many things such as:

  1. Easily search through the Twitter user’s tweets
  2. Determine when (day and time) the Twitter user is most active
  3. Determine the most words used by the Twitter user

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  1. Don’t forget to link your Google account to the IFTTT account
  2. Google Sheets don’t count toward your Google account size limit
  3. Google Sheets have a limit of 2000 rows (by default) but more rows can be added
  4. Adhere to all rules and regulations pertaining to Twitter, Google and IFTTT




Top 5 Team Lessons From the World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup began in Russia on June 14, 2018 and ends on July 15, 2018. It is largest sporting event in the world that happens every 4 years. This year’s FIFA World Cup brings together the men’s national football (aka soccer) teams from 32 countries. It is projected that almost half of the entire world’s population would be watching one of the national teams lift the FIFA World Cup Trophy and be crowned the best football team in the world.

Here are top 5 team lessons that organizations can learn from the FIFA World Cup:

  • Strategy – Have a game plan but adapt when ground realities change
  • Politics – Select team members based on expertise and not biases (stardom)
  • Innovation – Be open to different ways of accomplishing the same goal
  • Culture – Create an environment that rewards both individual and collective wins
  • Execution – Have a clear mission, train rigorously and regroup often to assess