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WordPress and Twitter API, Plugin

Introduction:

You can connect to WordPress.com to follow your favorite blogs and receive notifications when new posts are published. You can even publish status updates to the WordPress.com blog of your choice. You’ll see the author’s gravatar in your timeline with excerpts and links to full posts. This way you can be notified of each new post within minutes. In some ways our service is different from Twitter. A Twitter user has a timeline of status updates which is like a blog. On WordPress.com one user can write for many blogs and one blog can have many authors. And then there are comments which can be left by anonymous users.

Twitter is an online social networking and micro-blogging tool which basically allows users to post their facebook-like “status” on their twitter page using various devices such as your cell phone, pda, or computer. Their idea revolves around the “what are you doing” concept; letting people know what you’re up to.

Since Twitter’s launch and exponential growth of other social media networks and blogging tools such as Digg, Facebook, WordPress and Blogger, there have been further Twitter developments in the form of plugins and widgets based on the Twitter API to further the cause.

The Twitter API basically allows developers to play around with Twitter’s functions and use twitter’s xml based data on custom applications.

Using the Twitter API, web developers can integrate their latest twitter into Flash, PHP, JAVA, PERL, Python, .NET, Ruby (and more ).

WordPress enables posting and reading via Twitter API

Megablogging, meet microblogging. WordPress now supports posting to and reading your WordPress blogs through any Twitter client that allows custom APIs. Following a WordPress blog on Twitter means you get snippets and links to new posts, just like you’d get any other tweet. Connecting your own WordPress blog to Twitter means you can tweet and blog simultaneously.

WordPress’ Matt Mullenweg wrote a blog post explaining how to connect Twitter and WordPress using Tweetie 2 on the iPhone. Basically, you just need to find your Twitter client’s Custom API settings (for Tweetie 2, they’re behind the little gear icon on the Add Account screen) and enter https://twitter-api.wordpress.com/ as the API root.

WordPress can also attach geotagging information from Twitter to your posts, if your client supports it. If you’ve got multiple blogs, you can go to the profile settings in your WordPress dashboard and choose which one to associate with each of your Twitter accounts. We’re used to thinking of tweeting and blogging as two separate things, but the WordPress team sees them as closely related, and API support is a pretty cool extension of that philosophy.

Using WordPress.com through the Twitter API

If you’re a software developer interested in talking to WordPress.com using the Twitter protocol–you’ve found the right page. If you’re a user, visit our Twitter API page to learn how to get real-time access to your blog subscriptions using a Twitter client that supports WordPress.com.

Twitter is a communication protocol where one can send a message without specifying a recipient. There are a lot of possibilities for Twitter as a protocol and we’re exploring this at WordPress.com.

Through the Twitter API, WordPress.com users can:

  • Read and receive new post notifications from blogs they’re subscribed to using the Blog Surfer feature
  • Post a “status update” to one of their WordPress.com blogs

On this page you’ll learn which Twitter APIs WordPress.com supports, the WordPress.com Twitter API conventions, and other resources to look at.

API Basics

The WordPress.com Twitter API supports Basic AUTH. OAuth is not supported at this time. Users should use their WordPress.com username and password.

Our end-point for the Twitter API is http://twitter-api.wordpress.com. We also support secure connections at https://twitter-api.wordpress.com

The Twitter API is a RESTful API. Requests are made over HTTP and the response is returned using the format you specify. The general format of a Twitter API request is:

http://twitter-api.wordpress.com/category/method_call.format

The available categories and methods are shown in the next section. The formats available are RSS, XML, and JSON. The WordPress.com Twitter API supports each of these.

API Methods

This list of API methods is organized similar to Twitter’s API Documentation. Missing categories are not implemented on WordPress.com.

Timeline Methods

statuses/friends_timeline

Individual blog posts on WordPress.com are status updates. With this call you will receive recent posts from the blogs the user is subscribed to.

statuses/home_timeline

Same as statuses/friends_timeline

statuses/user_timeline

Users can request their most recently blog posts using this call.

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Status Methods

statuses/update

This method is similar to its Twitter counterpart. It lets you make a blog post. You may specify a post with a title using “post title::post body”. If you specify an identifier for a blog, the post will go there. Otherwise the post goes to the default blog of the authenticated user.

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User Methods

users/show

Shows profile information about the specified blog and returns its latest post.

statuses/friends

Shows which blogs the authenticated user is subscribed to.

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Friendship Methods

friendships/create

Subscribe to a blog

friendships/destroy

Unsubscribe from a blog

friendships/exists

Check whether the current user is following the specified blog or not

friendships/show

Shows the relationship between two users

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Social Graph Methods

friends/ids

Returns the blogs the current user is subscribed to as a list of ids

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Account Methods

account/verify_credentials

Use this method to authenticate a user and test if their credentials are valid (uses BASIC AUTH)

API Fields

Each of the API methods returns different fields. Here are how these fields map onto WordPress.com.

description is the tag line description of the blog.

id is a number that identifies a blog.

name is the WordPress.com username of the author of the post.

profile_image_url is a link to the Gravatar of the post author. If no Gravatar is available the Blavatar for the blog is used instead.

screen_name is the address of the blog without the http://.

text is an excerpt or shortened snippet (up to 140 characters) of the post.

url is the URL of the blog.

Recommended Reading

Here’s a list of Twitter Plugins and links:

WordPress Twitter Plugins, Tools, Widgets

  • Wickett Twitter Widget – Display tweets from a Twitter account in the sidebar of your blog. As seen on WordPress.com. The easiest and best way to add Tweets to WordPress.
  • TweetSuite -� a Twitter-WordPress integration plugin that includes server-side TweetBacks, ReTweet-This buttons, digg-like Tweet-This Button, automatic tweeting of new posts and some widgets.
  • Tweet This – A plugin that adds a Twitter icon to every post and page, so your readers can share your blog entries on their Twitter accounts with ease.
  • TweetMeme button – easily allows your blog posts to be retweeted.
  • Simple Twitter Link – simply returns a URL, which is a link to Twitter with your post/page URL within it.
  • WP Twitip ID – Plugin adds an extra field to the comment form for user to enter their twitter username
  • Twitter Badge – Official javascript codes that display badges showing what you are posting on Twitter.
  • The Twitter Updater – a wordpress plugin that automatically sends a Twitter status update to your Twitter account when you create, publish, or edit your WordPress post. You can specify the text for the updates, and also have the option to turn the auto update on/off for the different post actions in the admin panel.
  • TwitThis is an easy way for people to send Twitter messages about your blog post or website. When visitors to your website click on the TwitThis button or link, it takes the URL of the webpage and creates a shorter URL using TinyURL. Then visitors can send this shortened URL and a description of the web page to all of their friends on Twitter.
  • Twitter Tools – This wordpress plugin creates an integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account. Pull your tweets into your blog and create new tweets on blog posts and from within WordPress.
  • Twitter WordPress Sidebar Widget – Customise the number of updates shown in your sidebar, individual links to each status update on Twitter, style your Twitterings using CSS, choose whether to display your Twitter name before each post and customise text between the post text and the relative time.
  • Twitter Feed – Posts your blog updates to your twitter account. Login to twitterfeed using your OpenID, provide the URL for your blog RSS feed, and how often to post to Twitter.
  • Twitt-Twoo – is a simple little plugin that will allow you to update your Twitter status right from your blog�s sidebar. It is AJAX powered and allows for quick and easy status updates.
  • Twitter Sharts – ‘Shart’ your twitter status anywhere within your wordpress blog posts or pages.

title-twitterSince Twitter launch in Year 2006, it has grown to create network what most people would call a social media revolution and it became one of the most popular social media networks, which if you’re serious about blogging, you can’t ignore.

Twitter has their own tools for displaying Twitter status on website, but they are pretty slow and not too varied or maybe you just need don’t know about such plugins, that’s why I chose to take research and create comprehensive list with Twitter related WordPress plugins and tools that will help you unite Twitter with your blog.

Twitter Tools

Twitter Tools is a plugin that creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.

Twitter Tools integrates with Twitter by giving you the following functionality:

  • Archive your Twitter tweets (downloaded every 10 minutes)
  • Create a blog post from each of your tweets
  • Create a daily or weekly digest post of your tweets
  • Create a tweet on Twitter whenever you post in your blog, with a link to the blog post
  • Post a tweet from your sidebar
  • Post a tweet from the WP Admin screens
  • Pass your tweets along to another service (via API hook).

TwitterDash

TwitterDash is a WordPress plugin that adds your friends timeline from twitter into your dashboard.

twitter-dash-wordpress-plugin

Thread Twitter

Thread Twitter fetch your tweets and display them in thread style.

Elegant Twitter Widget

A WordPress widget that displays twitter updates in yummy valid semantic XHTML code. The code is heavily commented and the output is in template functions so everything is fully customizable.

Twitt-Twoo

twitttwoo-released

Twitt-Twoo is a simple little plugin that will allow you to update your Twitter status right from your blog’s sidebar. AJAX takes cares of the hard work, and means that your page doens’t even have to reload, allowing for quick and easy status updates.

twitt-twoo-wordpress-plugin

Twitter Retweet

Twitter ReTweet provides a function that displays a ReTweet link which gives visitors the ability to ReTweet the current post; supports custom URLs (perfect for Google Analytics Campaign Tracking

Tweet Tweet

Tweet Tweet is a plugin for WordPress that polls Twitter and archives your tweets and the tweets of those you follow so those insightful conversations you have at 1am are never lost.

Twitter Widget

Adds a sidebar widget to display Twitter updates (uses the Javascript Twitter ‘badge’)

twitter-widget-wordpress-plugin

Twitter Widget Pro

A widget that properly handles twitter feeds, including @username, #hashtag, and link parsing. It supports displaying profiles images, and even lets you control whether to display the time and date of a tweet or how log ago it happened (about 5 hours ago, etc). Requires PHP5.

twitter-widget-pro-plugin

Tweet Rooster

Add the code from this website and you can enable users to tweet directly from your website or blog.

WP-Twitip-ID Plugin

Add a twitter field to your comment form (easily).

wp-twitip-id-plugin

Top Twitter Links by Twitturls

Widget that displays currently popular links that have been tweeted.

TwitterFountain

Have you ever wanted to see what was happening at that one event you could not go to? Did the plain text-backchannels somehow left you feeling disappointed?

Twitterfountain comes to your aid mashing up tweets and Flickr-images that share the same tags into a spectacular visual. Below is a sample, that you can copy and embed in your own site.

twitter-fountain-wordpress-plugin

TweetSuite

The first version of TweetSuite, a Twitter-WordPress integration plugin that includes the following features:

  • Server-side (no-JS or remote calls) TweetBacks
  • ReTweet-This buttons for each TweetBack
  • A digg-like Tweet-This Button
  • Automatic Tweeting of new posts
  • A Most-Tweeted Widget
  • A Recently-Tweeted Widget
  • My-Last-Tweets Widget
  • A My-Favorited-Tweets Widget

TweetBacks

People are talking about your posts, and not only in the comments to your post. A lot of that conversation is happening on Twitter, and now, you can take that conversation right back to your blog! This plugin imports those tweets about your posts as comments. You can display them in between the other comments on your blog, or display them separately.

Tweet Stats

This plugin adds two widgets to your site: “Most Tweeted Posts” and “Recently Tweeted Posts”. It depends on the Tweetbacks plugin by Yoast, so make sure you have that plugin installed.

tweet-stats-wordpress-plugin

Twitter Remote (beta)

This widget shows which twitter users recently visited your blog or website.

twitter-remote-wordpress-plugin

Tweet This

Adds a “Tweet This Post” link to every post and page. Shortens URLs in advance through Th8.us, eating up only 19 of 140 characters. Also included: Plurk, Yahoo Buzz, Delicious, Digg, Ping.fm, Reddit, and StumbleUpon. Includes the post’s title after the link (can be customized). If your titles are really long, they get cut off at 136 characters with “…”. Customize under Settings > Tweet This. Includes your choice of six buttons.

tweet-this-wordpress-plugin

ComenTwitter

Ultimately plugin’s goal is to give the commenter the option of sending their comment to twitter and allowing people to follow that blogs comments both in the blog and in twitter. The main reason for this is to generate a buzz and encourage commenting on peoples blogs. It will also improve the quality and value of people’s tweets revolving around blog posts.

commentwitter

TweetRoll

This widget shows your friends avatars on your blog/website and encourages more people to follow you. Colour customization and localization options available.

tweet-roll-wordpress-plugin

Twitme

This plugin allows you to automatically post your new posts on the twitter website. This is good because for example the iPod and iPhone for example have a large amount of twitter clients to pick from. Your blog posts will arrive to people while they are walking the streets.

Twitter Poster

The Twitter Poster is a plugin which allows wordpress publishers to automatically post their new posts to their Twitter account. The Twitter Poster will take the title of a new post and will subit it to the Twitter account specified in the options. It will also add the link back to the post, allowing your twitter followers to access the post details

Twitter Friends Widget

Twitter Friends is a WordPress plugin that displays your Twitter friends/ followers in your sidebar in the same way that they appear on your Twitter homepage.

twitter-friends-widget

Tweetable Twitter Plugin

Tweetable is a WordPress Plugin intended to help integrate Twitter into your blog. It can tweet your blog posts as they are published, shortening the URLs with either Tr.im or Is.gd and optionally including Google Analytics campaign tags. You can display your latest tweet(s) in your blog sidebar with a customizable widget, which can even display your follower count.

tweetable-twitter-plugin-wordpress

Twitter Feed

The application will display the latest tweet from all of the active accounts and then displays those latest tweets in date order. So the newest tweet across all of the accounts will always be shown first. It is also possible to switch between allowing/disallowing PM (Private Message) tweets to be included in the display.

twitter-feed-wordpres-plugin

Add Twitter RSS

Add Twitter RSS is a simple plugin that adds your Twitter RSS link to the header of your blog. It allows your readers to easily find your Twitter feed.

add-twitter-rss-wordpress-plugin

TwitterCounter

Allows you to integrate TwitterCounter.com badges on your blog. Additionally, you can add the Twitter Remote to your blog, which shows which twitter users recently visited your blog or website. Manually add where you would like to display the badge / remote or use the WordPress sidebar widgets instead.

@ Reply

This plugin allows you to add Twitter-like @reply links to comments. When clicked, those links insert the author name and a link to the comment you are replying to in the textarea.

reply-wordpress-plugin

Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder is a WordPress plug-in that simply tweets when you publish a post. It doesn’t do anything else, nor will it ever.

Twitter Updater

This plugin will let you automatically update your Twitter.com status with your most recent blog post. There are a few options to how the display will look when it updates.

TweetMeMe

At last I found this beautiful website which tracks the hottest links on Twitter, interesting analysis.

tweetmeme-twitter-links

Example:1 AJAX Twitter plugin for WordPress

image I have been working on a plugin which I had early posted on my personal blog. I have finished the Twitter plugin for WordPress now and ready to release for public download.

This plugin is using the Twitter API to get and post the updates. You need to have a twitter account to post updates. I am sure now almost all the bloggers use twitter.

Features

  1. You can update your twitter status from your blog
  2. You can view and display public updates on your blog
  3. You can view and display your followers updates on your blog
  4. You can view and display your followers on your blog and increase your followers
  5. Simple installation
  6. Widget Ready, just need to enable to use
  7. Can you displayed anywhere on your blog, by just adding a simple code if you do not want to display using the widget
  8. Widget fully customisable, size, font, font size, colour, number of updates, number of followers, etc
  9. Enable and disable different features
  10. Regular Updates

Installation

Installation is very simple, just upload the unzipped files to the plugins directory and activate the plugin. If you wish to display on the sidebar, just go to the widgets option as shown below

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Settings

After activating the plugin, just go to the setting link , you will find the Kish Twitter settings link

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Once you go to the settings, you will find all the options to customize the view of the “Kish Twitter” Widget

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Options Explained

  • Twitter Enabled – If you want this plugin to work, you need to check this option or nothing will be shown even if the plugin is activated
  • Enable Public Updates – You can enable or disable public updates on your widget
  • Enable Followers Say – By enabling this, you can display the messages from your followers on your widget
  • Enable Rel = nofollow – You can add rel tag by enabling this
  • Enable Follow Me- You can enable this to get your followers details
  • Twitter User Name – You need to enter your username and password for this plugin to work
  • Maximum Info Lines – The maximum number of updates that you want to show on your widget. You will need to set this according to the size of the widget.
  • Maximum Users- You need to set this to display the number of followers and the number of twitters you follow
  • Font- Family – Name of the font that you want to use for this widget, example a series of fonts or font name
  • Font Size – Font size of the widget
  • Message – You can display a message on the footer of the widget
  • After you make the changes, just save the options

You can display the widget anywhere on your blog by just adding the following to your blog template

<? if (function_exists('printKishTwitter')) printKishTwitter(); ?>

If you have a questions please post it here.

UPDATE – Please check the latest version of Twitter WordPress Plugin – Kish Twitter

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Example:2

WordPress Twitter Plugin is a cool plugin that will add a beautiful Tweets widget to your wordpress blog.

You can choose to display your Twitter timeline or your friends’ timeline in the widget. You can even choose to display tweets on a keyword, depending upon your blog’s niche. For eg., if your blog is about wordpress, its themes and plugins, you can choose to display tweets on the keyword “wordpress”.

If you have a blog on iphones then you may add a WordPress Twitter widget that displays all tweets on the keyword “Iphone”!!! This makes your blog more useful to your readers, as they will be able to discover some cool tweets (links) related to your niche.

The widget is available in three different themes – blue, green and red. You can preview the widget live here on Bestindianbloggers

How to install WordPress Twitter Plugin?

  • 1. Download the plguin zip file and upload it via “Plugins” –> “Add New” –> “Upload” in wordpress. Alternatively, you can choose to search for the term “Wordpress Twitter” and install it directly from wordpress.
  • 2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  • 3. Go to “Settings” –> “Wordpress Twitter” and specify the Twitter user name, password, Widget’s width, height, theme (style), number of tweets to display etc. If you want to display tweets on a keyword, choose “Search” against “Timeline” and specify the keyword
  • 4. Go to Widgets and add the “Wordpress Twitter” widget to your sidebar.
  • 5. Alternatively, you can also directly add the following code to wherever you want to display the widget.
<?php $bibtweets=new bibtweets(); $bibtweets->printBox(); ?>

That’s all folks!!! Install WP Tweets and enjoy the widget.

WordPress Twitter Plugin Options:

The following image shows the various configurable options in wordpress twitter plugin.

WordPress Twitter Widget:

The following image is a red themed widget as seen on a wordpress blog. It is showing Bestindianblogs Friends Timeline.

Wordpress Twitter

WordPress Twitter Keyword Widget:

The following image is a blue themed widget as seen on a wordpress blog. It is showing tweets for the keyword “Wordpress”.

Wordpress Twitter Keyword, WordPress Tweets

WordPress Twitter Keyword Widget:

The following image is a green themed widget as seen on a wordpress blog.

Twitter for WordPress

Download WordPress Twitter Plugin from wordpress repository @ http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-twitter/!!!

Thanks to Ptwix for being the inspiration behind this plugin. Ptwix can be used on any PHP based site, but lacked the automation of a wordpress plugin. WordPress Twitter Plugin is easily configurable and can be used on wordpress blog.Besides, it can automatically detect the presence of Curl and use it for retrieving Tweets.If Curl is not enabled on your wordpress server, the plugin uses file_get to retrieve the tweets. We have plans to extend the capabilities of this plugin beyond what is there currently.Until then, enjoy showing beautiful WordPress Tweet widgets on your wordpress blog.

FAQs:

Can I adjust the width and height of the widget?

Yes for sure.You can easily configure the width and height via the plugin settings (Settings — >Wordpress Twitter)

Can I determine the number of tweets to show in the widget?

Yes.You can configure the number of tweets to show in the widget via the plugin settings (Settings –> WordPress Twitter).

Can I hide my “Follow me on twitter” link in the widget?

Yes. It is turned off by default.You can turn it on to let your blog readers follow you on twitter.

Can I display the widget at any place other than the sidebar?

Yes. You can do so by placing the php code (refer above) in the appropriate theme file.

What version of PHP does this plugin require?

The plugin needs PHP 5.0 and above.Most good webhosts would have already migrated to the latest version of PHP. If you don’t have PHP 5.0 or above, ask your webhost to upgrade PHP.
Version 1.4 of the plugin can work even on earlier versions of PHP.

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Twitter and Web Accessibility

Helping job searches (linkedin and twitter)

There’s no shortage of news about social media and social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. But when it comes to job searching, LinkedIn is really the site that is being used the most these days by recruiters and hiring managers.

You no longer need to sit at home waiting for the phone to ring or be glued to our computer desk or office to job search, network and follow up with job leads, says a recent Reuters article. With the proliferation of mobile devices and mobile Internet applications being built by the day that cater to ease of use on Apple’s iPhone, RIM’s BlackBerry and other smartphone devices, it’s not surprising to see the impact Web-based social sites are having.

From the Reuters article:

“The LinkedIn Profile is really the resume of the future,” Joyce said. “The ‘resume’ on LinkedIn is really the standard LinkedIn Profile, but it’s very popular with recruiters looking for good candidates.”You could build your whole LinkedIn presence from any Web-enabled phone.”

There are any number of job-search applications — downloadable programs for your phone — available for the iPhone, for instance, including one piloted by recruitment consultancy Harvey Nash. Others pool information on jobs in travel and in education, among other sectors.

GETTING CREATIVE

With jobs still scarce, many hopefuls are getting creative about getting noticed. Many have begun using Twitter — a microblogging service that allows users to send 140-character messages at a time — to get the word out.

A career is unlikely to be launched on Twitter alone, but candidates are increasingly “tweeting” or posting messages to outline their skills, experiences and career goals. They are pasting links to their resumes on the micro-blogging service.

 

People are also “following” recruiters on Twitter, individuals in companies they want to work for and networking organizations focused on the unemployed who are using Twitter to broadcast their free events. Two organizations mentioned in the article are Layoffs Cafe and Laidoff Camp — both using Twitter to market their events for free.

What are the downfalls of all this technology? Weeding out the good leads and opportunities from the bad and the criminal. Be careful who you give your personal information to.