Getting started with Alertatron Groups

12 June 2020

We're all familiar with email. All your incoming emails arrive in your Inbox, but as we receive so many, most email services offers lots of ways to help you organise them into folders as they arrive. These are called all sorts of things, from folders and groups, to filters, labels, smart folders and many more.

Normally you can set up filters to automatically organise your email as it arrives. Everything is in your Inbox. Unread messages are in your Unread folder. Email from friends go into another group and messages from a key supplier get filtered out into their own group.

In fact, each of your emails can be in several of these groups at the same time. A message might be in your inbox, in your unread folder and in your friends and family folder, all at the same time.

Alertatron uses a similar approach.

In Alertatron, we call them Groups. You can add as many groups as you need to help keep things organised.

Alertatron uses these groups to decide what it should do with each of your incoming alert messages, as well as just keeping things organised.

When you first sign up we create a few groups to help get you started...

  • Inbox - All you incoming alerts will appear in your Inbox.
  • Trading Bot - This group is intended for any incoming alerts that might contain scripts you want to send to the automated trading bot. This group is set up with a filter so that any incoming alert that contains the text #bot will be included in this group automatically.
  • Telegram - This group is intended for any messages you want to forward on to a Telegram account. Any message containing the text #telegram (or #tg actually) will be added to this group.
  • Discord - This is the group that is intended for any messages you'd like to send on to Discord. Anything with #discord anywhere in the message will be added to this group too.

So the following example incoming alert message could be found in your Inbox (all message), Trading Bot (due to #bot) and Telegram (due to #telegram)...

This is an example.
#bot causes this message to be added to the Trading Bot group
and #telegram causes it to be added to the Telegram group too.

Note that the hashtags being used here can appear anywhere in the message.

The Groups settings page lets you configure the name of the group and the text needed to filter incoming alert messages into it. By default we always use hashtags, like #bot, as it's simple and does not get easily confused by other text in your alerts. However, you can actually use any text you like.

Performing Actions on Alert Messages

So now that alert messages are arriving and being filtered different groups, what happens next?

Alertatron supports many integrations that allow you to contect groups to other services (like a Telegram account or a Trading Bot). Each group can have lots of integrations added to it if you like, but lets look at the default groups that were created when you first signed up...

  • Inbox - This group does not have any integrations in it.
  • Trading Bot - This group has a single integration added to it - the automated trading bot integration. Every alert message added to the Trading Bot group will be sent on to the automated trading bot the instant it arrives. This is how orders in your incoming alert message end up being executed on an exchange.
  • Telegram - This group also contains a single telegram integration by default. You can use this integration to connect the group to a Telegram account of your choice. Once set up, all messages added to this group will be forwarded instantly to Telegram, allowing you to broadcast messages and alerts to a Telegram channel, group or chat.
  • Discord - Similar to the Telegram group, only this one contains a Discord integration, allowing you to connect up the group to a Discord account.

Each time an alert message arrives in a group, Alertatron find all the integrations in the group (there can be many), and gives that integration the message, allowing it to execute trades, or post messages to Telegram - whatever you need.

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