Automation has taken over in our world today with huge improvements being made in a wide range of sectors. When you think of automation, you may have a manufacturing plant in mind, but within the mobility space, we have found many companies using mobile applications and software to automate simple tasks and repetitive processes. Apps like Workflow by Apple, IFTTT by IFTTT, and Home by Apple are all great examples of apps that have been developed to allow customers to automate some of their own tasks within iOS. Workflow allows customers to, "build [your own] workflows with a simple drag-and-drop interface. Mix & match hundreds of actions to create quick shortcuts, manage your media, share content, and much more." With hundreds of apps available to automate, your choices and combinations of automated tasks are endless. Or, you can take a more fun approach with IFTTT. If a local sports team scores a goal, your automated task will trigger the Home app and can turn on a certain automated home accessory like your Hue lights. Now, the photo above has nothing to do with automation, but by taking advantage of this new technology, we should all be somewhere taking more vacations to places like this! We have already covered one of our own apps in a previous blog post, which uses ServiceNow's API to update hundreds of records in bulk. It is not an automated app, but it essentially does the all of the heavy lifting in regards to data updates, spreadsheet formatting and uploads for the customer.
Today, we will be talking about leveraging automation within our Twitter accounts. We wanted to build a Twitter following even before we found our footing as an app development company. In order to do that, we would follow many accounts in our industry thinking that those accounts would follow us back in return. Apparently for some, it is sort of just an unsaid considerate thing to do. We now have up to 3,000 Twitter followers by doing simply that. Save your comments for another time, but yes it is possible to gain a following by sending out follow requests. Although, it is important to have an account that feels and looks professional, and actually interacts with the community by sending out Tweets and messages to others. You can find our FileMakerWebandiOS Twitter account here! Of course, all of our tweets, direct messages and interactions and sent by real people, we just found the need to automate certain portions of the account. You can imagine that sending out manual requests gets old very quickly. So, we decided to build a iOS and macOS solution to automate our Twitter account with FileMaker 17! We have out together an exclusive package the includes a step by step guide to help you automate your own Twitter account. This includes how to apply for your own Twitter developer account all the way up to sending a follow, unfollow and mute request with cURL in FileMaker 17! Also included is a FREE 30 Day trial of UnfollowMagic FREE!
We honestly had no idea how to do even get started in the beginning, so of course we started asking questions to the FileMaker Community. Everyone is very helpful and always gives tips or suggestions that will help you along the way. After searching "FileMaker and Twitter", we ended up finding out that we needed to learn how to use cURL with FileMaker to connect to Twitter's API. You can learn more about Twitter developer resources here. There are many resources that Twitter developers can tap into within the documentation, but we were interested in getting started with the "Accounts and users" API section. We needed to learn how to make a successful Twitter API call using cURL in FileMaker.
Interested in learning more about how to automate your own Twitter account? Download our FREE PDF and UnfollowMagic Sample File below!
There are many uses cases for automating processes with FileMaker as well as using cURL to integrate FileMaker with other popular services. Our next project is to automate our Instagram account! We know that this project can be taken a step further to be fully automated with FileMaker Server, but we know that not everyone has access to FMS. If you are interested in learning more about the fully automated solution, contact us here.
For the best results, it is recommend to start following other Twitter accounts within your industry. This is what provided the best results with our own account! We reached 3,000 in one year without automation and have seen a 125% increase in results after we created this magical solution! Mostly due to the fact that no one has time to follow Twitter accounts every day! :) Now, that problem is solved!
For those interested in a sample file that outlines what we covered in this blog post, we would be more than happy to share it with you! It is a starter file that will help you to better understand how to use cURL and FileMaker with Twitter API's.
For those who are interested in a fully automated solution without having to do any following or unfollowing with your Twitter account using FileMaker Server, we are working on a solution for you!
Questions, comments, ideas? Contact us here.