Visualize Live Twitter Data in Tableau

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Twitter Tableau Connector

The fastest and easiest way to connect Tableau to Twitter data. Includes comprehensive high-performance data access, real-time integration, extensive metadata discovery, and robust SQL-92 support.



Use the CData Tableau Connector for Twitter and Tableau Desktop to visualize live Twitter data.

Tableau is a visual analytics platform transforming the way businesses use data to solve problems. When paired with the CData Tableau Connector for Twitter, you can easily get access to live Twitter data within Tableau. This article shows how to connect to Twitter in Tableau and build a simple chart.

The CData Tableau Connectors enable high-speed access to live Twitter data in Tableau. Once you install the connector, you simply authenticate with Twitter and you can immediately start building responsive, dynamic visualizations and dashboards. By surfacing Twitter data using native Tableau data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, CData Tableau Connectors grant seamless access to Twitter data.

NOTE: The CData Tableau Connectors require Tableau 2020.3 or higher. If you are using an older version of Tableau, you will need to use the CData JDBC Driver for Twitter. If you wish to connect to Twitter data in Tableau Online, you will need to use CData Connect Cloud.

Connect to Twitter in Tableau

Open Tableau and click More under Connect -> To a Server. Select "Twitter by CData," then configure the connection and click "Sign In."

All tables require authentication. You can connect using your User and Password or OAuth. To authenticate using OAuth, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can register an app to obtain your own.

If you intend to communicate with Twitter only as the currently authenticated user, then you can obtain the OAuthAccessToken and OAuthAccessTokenSecret directly by registering an app.

See the Getting Started chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

  1. Select CData from the Database pull-down menu.
  2. Select Twitter from the Schema pull-down menu.
  3. Drag the tables and views you wish to visualize onto the join area. You can include multiple tables.
  4. Select Update Now or Automatically Update. Update Now lets you preview the first 10,000 rows of the data source (or enter the number of rows you want to see in the Rows text box). Automatically Update automatically reflects the changes in the preview area.
  5. Click the tab for your worksheet. Columns are listed as Dimensions and Measures, depending on the data type. The CData Tableau Connector discovers data types automatically, allowing you to leverage the powerful data processing and visualization features of Tableau.
  6. Drag a field from the Dimensions or Measures area to Rows or Columns. Tableau creates column or row headers.
  7. Select one of the chart types from the Show Me tab. Tableau displays the chart type that you selected.

Using the CData Tableau Connector for Twitter with Tableau, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Twitter data. Download a free, 30-day trial and get started today.