Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with Twitter Ads Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for Twitter Ads data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from Twitter Ads data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live Twitter Ads data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for Twitter Ads and build a simple visualization using Twitter Ads data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for Twitter Ads, allowing you to easily integrate with live Twitter Ads data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a MySQL database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Twitter Ads, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Twitter Ads data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Twitter Ads Data

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Twitter Ads" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Twitter Ads.

    All tables require authentication. You must use OAuth to authenticate with Twitter. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Twitter using the browser. For more information, refer to the OAuth section in the Help documentation.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "Twitter Ads (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. Twitter Ads1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query Twitter Ads Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query Twitter Ads and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the Twitter Ads data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT EntityId, Entity FROM AdStats WHERE Entity = 'ORGANIC_TWEET'
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from Twitter Ads data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live Twitter Ads data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for Twitter Ads (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Twitter Ads data in Metabase today.