We’ve been getting some questions in our help center about how to use Boxcar to send alerts for Twitter search results, so we put together this article to help.
First off, a quick warning about Twitter search results. Searching for generic terms can result in hundreds, if not thousands, of messages being sent to your phone. For those of you who love to watch your devices go berserk, it can be an exciting part of your day, but for the rest of you it’s probably more practical to focus on getting only the most actionable results. ;)
Here are some tips that should help you filter and find the search results you want.
** Comma-Separated & Boolean OR **
- #hashtag == Results will match anything with just #hashtag in it.
- Comma, separated, searches == results will match anything with “comma” or “separated” or “searches” in it.
- Comma separated, searches == results will match anything with “comma separated” or “searches” in it.
- Comma OR separated OR searches == results will match anything with Comma or Separated or Searches in it.
** Negations **
-racer == makes sure the search does NOT include the -racer word. If it does include it, we won’t push it.
Because Boxcar Racer is a post-hardcore music band, this one helps us find tweets relevant to tweets about the Boxcar App.
** From **
- “from:jdg” == will only send tweets that are tweeted by “jdg”
- from:jviney OR from:jdg OR from:conorh
This one will send tweets matching jviney, jdg or conorh.
** Phrases **
“hello jdg” == Will only send a tweet that has “hello jdg” in it (exactly that phrase). NOTE: This is broken in the current iPhone version. It messes up the quotes.
Don’t worry, if you start to get too many matches (60 search results sustained per minute) we’ll automatically disable the service. Turning it back on is as simple as re-saving it!
Oh, and by the way, we <3 you guys. Happy Valentine’s Day!
It’s Friday, and here at Boxcar that means it’s time for some fun!
While we stay busy working behind the scenes on awesomizing Boxcar, how ‘bout you see if you can spare just four minutes for a smile and a laugh at this clip of Dick Van Dyke and his breakfast machine in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
The obvious connection is the train and boxcars in general, but unlike this Rube Goldberg approach to dining, we try to keep things simple and straightforward for our terrific Boxcar fans and providers. We’re all about customization AND simplicity.
We always welcome your feedback and support requests at help.boxcar.io.
We have a small team and appreciate your patience, but rest assured that we read your input and value it.
Just this weekend, an informational security professional named Steve Zenone used Boxcar as one of the tools in his arsenal to recover the stolen iPhone of a client.
He writes about the steps he took on his blog, Zen One:
…Setup the email account used as the Apple ID of the stolen iPhone to forward a copy of all mail from “firstname.lastname@example.org” to an account I setup at Boxcar. The reason for doing this was to have push notifications sent to my phone moments after the stolen iPhone would be powered on and receive the commands that I sent from the “Find iPhone” app…. here.
We love this story because it’s a perfect example of how Boxcar not only helps people in their everyday lives, but also is an ideal tool for specific industries and special purposes from monitoring computers and phones to delivering alerts to the employees of a company.
If you’re reading this blog, you probably have your own unique way you use Boxcar, and we’d love to hear about it. Send your stories to email@example.com!
We’d love to help you get started creating your own Boxcar provider.
So we decided to help you out.
Just for you, we’ve collated a great list of useful open-source tools & resources. :)
The link: http://boxcar.io/open-source
Explore, pass it on, let us know your favorites and feel free to suggest your own!
Have some valuable updates and information you want to push out to a fan base or your client list or maybe your organization?
Even if you’re not a developer, you can now create providers and subscribe Boxcar users online without writing code. You’ll send out messages to your subscribers, sort of like setting up a mailing list, but with push instead of email.
Sound cool? You got that right!
With Boxcar, it’s simple - we’ve made the process SUPER easy. 3 steps. Seriously.
And now, we’ve also added a helpful feature - you can send an update to specific users individually via the web interface (read, again, EASY). Check it out:
Questions? Let us know - we’re here to help. Boxcar aims to be useful AND fun.
What kind of service could *you* share using Boxcar? We’re all ears.
Your first bit of new Boxcar awesome for 2012 comes via the web and desktop versions.
This means that now your timestamps will update dynamically, even as you view them, not just when you refresh.
Just another way we’re keeping you up to date while you’re on the go this new year.
You know, we’ve got some pretty awesome fans. Yeah, we’re talking about you.
We’ve got a lot of great things cooking behind-the-scenes here, and every day we make Boxcar even better.
We’ve changed our support system, and are working on responding more promptly to technical concerns.
We’re working on both fun and useful tweaks to the app itself.
And we keep getting awesome shout-outs and feedback from our fans that lets us know we’re on the right track.
So our holiday wish this year is simple. We want even more people to know about Boxcar.
Would you do us a favor? Right now, send a quick email, post a brief Facebook status, or maybe tweet (#boxcarbrilliant is a great hashtag) and let at least one friend know about what we do and what ya like about us. It’d mean a ton.
Happy holidays, and thanks so much for another terrific year - we can’t wait to roll out even more awesome in 2012.
The good news just keeps rolling in…
We just recently found and implemented a fix for those of you who had been having Facebook issues. If that’s not you - good! If it is, we appreciate your patience.
Facebook recently updated its authentication process, so newer users were getting a different token that we weren’t recognizing.
We got back to affected users (who’d contacted us via Twitter or our help portal) yesterday after implementing the fix.
We started hearing all-clear reports come back in steadily even before we’d updated users.
So if you had troubles accessing your Facebook account via Boxcar lately - go check it out! It works! ;)
More great news from Boxcar to brighten your holiday season. Happy New Year!
Just an fyi. One hour. 10 p.m. CST. You can handle it. ;)
You’ll miss us, we know…
…but hey - it’s so we can add even more awesomeness to Boxcar over the next few weeks. It’s worth it.
We’ll be back shortly! See you then!