Create a 'No-Code' Spark App with Zapier

Objectives

  • Use the cloud integration platform Zapier to connect a Twitter search to a Spark room
  • Watch matching Tweets appear in your Spark room

Overview

Zapier is an online platform and service that leverages the power of API’s to connect different applications and services, allowing users to easily create “Zaps” - small apps that integrate services and custom logic - using a graphical user interface, with no need to code!

Zapier integrates with Spark APIs 'under the covers' to do things in the background like:

  • Figure out which Spark rooms you are a member of
  • Send a message to your Spark room

and lets you mix-and-match triggers and actions from other web services - like Twitter - to create unique solutions.

Tweet

Prerequisites

In this lab, we will use 3 separate services: Twitter, Zapier and Cisco Spark. You will need an account with each. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for free using the links below:

Step 1 - Create a Zap using Zapier.com

Head over to www.Zapier.com and log in. Once you’ve logged in, click the orange Make a Zap button.

Tweet

  1. The first thing we’ll do is choose a Trigger - a condition or event that kicks off the Zap. We want to select Twitter, because we’ll be monitoring Tweets.

  2. Next we’ll decide what kind of Twitter trigger should launch the Zap. You can see a variety of options below, but for this example we’ll choose Search Mention

    Tweet

    Once you’ve selected search mention, click on the Continue button.

  3. The next step is to log into and test your Twitter account.

    Tweet

  4. Now, let's set up the desired Twitter mention as a trigger. This mention will be the search term that Zapier monitors for new matching Tweets. In this case let's try the mention: “Cisco Spark”:

    Tweet

  5. Zapier will now ask you to test your Twitter mention. During the test, Zapier will query Twitter to see if there are any matching Tweets. If one does not exist, you may want to make a Tweet yourself that includes the matching mention.

Once you’ve successfully tested your Twitter account, click Continue and we’ll define your app's "Action"...