Tweetstream and Rails - can't get any response

I am using Tweetstream gem for Rails and keep getting stuck waiting for any update..

I basically do the example (with my oauth data etc. of course):

    require 'Tweetstream'

TweetStream.configure do |config|
  config.consumer_key       = 'consumer_key'
  config.consumer_secret    = 'secret'
  config.oauth_token        = 'token'
  config.oauth_token_secret = 'token_secret'
  config.auth_method        = :oauth
end do |status|
      puts "SOMETHING HERE?"
  puts "#{status.text}"

and nothing happens... the console is just waiting forever for anything to happen..

not even "SOMETHING HERE?" is getting printed..


I'll take a wild guess and say you are putting this in an initializer? The gem doesn't work this way. TweetStream is an event-based library and has a different runtime profile from that of a Rails app.

You will need to run TweetStream side by side with Rails as a daemon process collecting the tweets, storing them on a DB and Rails will access that same DB.

Use Rails Runner ( to run your TweetStream daemon on the context of Rails, this should give you access to the models.

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