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Last active Dec 28, 2015

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Fixes compatibility issues with the version 5.0.0 of the twitter gem.


Simple Dashing widget (and associated job) to display a Twitter search. Uses Twitter API v1.1.



Add it to dashing's gemfile:

gem 'twitter', '~> 5.0.0'

and run bundle install. Everything should work now :)


Put the twitter-search.rb file in your /jobs folder.

To include the widget in a dashboard, add the following snippet to the dashboard layout file:

<li data-row="1" data-col="1" data-sizex="1" data-sizey="1">
  <div data-id="twitter_mentions" data-view="Comments" data-title="Search Tweets" style="background-color: #71388a"></div>


You'll need to add the twitter configs for your desired account to the job.

Tweets are fetched every 10 minutes, but you can change that by editing the job schedule.

SSL issues

If you have issues with SSL, you can bundle the SSL root certificates like this.

  1. Download and put it somewhere in your project
  2. In ruby, tell OpenSSL where to find the file:
ENV['SSL_CERT_FILE'] = File.expand_path('../cacert.pem', __FILE__)
require 'twitter'
# Make sure you have downloaded the file before
#ENV['SSL_CERT_FILE'] = File.expand_path('../cacert.pem', __FILE__)
twitter = do |config|
config.consumer_key = ENV['TWITTER_CONSUMER_KEY']
config.consumer_secret = ENV['TWITTER_CONSUMER_SECRET']
config.access_token = ENV['TWITTER_ACCESS_TOKEN']
config.access_token_secret = ENV['TWITTER_ACCESS_SECRET']
search_term = URI::encode('#todayilearned')
SCHEDULER.every '10m', :first_in => 0 do |job|
result =
tweets = do |tweet|
{ name:, body: tweet.text, avatar: tweet.user.profile_image_url_https }
send_event('twitter_mentions', comments: tweets)

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koragan commented Jul 18, 2014

For "ENV['SSL_CERT_FILE'] = File.expand_path('../cacert.pem', FILE)" to work, be sure to save the file in your 'Source Files' folder. Do not put it in any subfolder (inside Source Files) or the path '../cacert.pem' will not work.

Also, be sure your twitter gem is updated, "gem 'twitter', '~> 5.0.0'" is not correct. At the time of this post, the gem is at 5.9.0

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