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Integrating Twitter Into Your WordPress Blog

WordPress PluginsAre you into Twitter?

Sarah Sarmiento of 901am lists “Top 5 Ways Smart People are Using Twitter” which include branding, improved communications, networking, and more.

If you want to incorporate Twitter into your WordPress blog, Twitter Tools WordPress Plugin by Alex King is hot off the presses.

Twitter Tools WordPress Plugin comes with a variety of features to take advantage of the fun and instant communication features of Twitter. He has a lot of plans for this Plugin and you can help by letting him know how you use it and what Twitter features you would like to see added. See his Twitter Tools roadmap for details.

If you are a fan of Twitter, and a WordPress blogger, give this new WordPress Plugin and try. And tell us how you like it.

Twitter for Blogs

If you are a blogger, says you can add your Twitter feed through the RSS Feed Widgets, if the WordPress Theme you are using is Widget-enabled. I believe most are now. For more information on using WordPress Widgets, see Playing with New Sidebar Widgets.

Engtech also recommends the option of broadcasting your or full version WordPress blog post updates on to your Twitter stream.

For those using Twitter as an employee, take time to read Andy Beard’s Twitter is Unethical for Business Use.

If you are using Twitter incorporated into your WordPress blog, how are you using it? How is it working for you? Is it helping your blog?

Any other suggestions? Tips for twittering?

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  1. Posted March 22, 2007 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    You can put your Twitter RSS into an RSS sidebar widget on It isn’t instant — the sidebar widgets only cache updates.

    What’s even better is integrating your blog into Twitter — broadcasting blog post updates on to your Twitter stream.

  2. Posted March 22, 2007 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Ways I use twitter (and yes I use twitter-tools by Alex – glad he did it btw!):

    advertise blog post updates (as engtech already mentioned)
    instead of asides I use twitter now (the twitter digest feature of twitter-tools works great for this)
    milestone marker (i.e. if I start a project or finish a project or find a solution to a problem I’ll twitter it. Thanks to twitter-tools and the digest feature I now have a quick archive of those magical moments)
    ideas for blog-posts/plugins. (A quick way to make note of the idea and opens up the possibility that people may fire off some responses to aid in the percolation of the idea.)

  3. Posted March 23, 2007 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Agreed Alex’s plugin is very cool, and very clever in the way that he’s got it working.

    Personally I don’t have the need for my Twitterings to be that tightly integrated into my blog (well, not yet anyway), but I did want an easy way to update twitter from my blog, and to display my latest ‘tweet’.

    Thats why I put together my Twitt-Twoo WordPress Plugin.

    Its very simple in comparison to Alex’s Twitter Tools, but I think it would be suited to people who want to show off their latest tweet without all the other bits and pieces.

    As for how I use Twitter, well mainly to give an indication to people about what I’m doing, how I’m feeling, or things I’m thinking about. Pretty simple, I have some other ideas about how to make use of twitter in different ways, now I just have to work out the technicalities of implementing them.

  4. Posted March 23, 2007 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I would love to look at Alex’s plugin, currently I am using Twitter Updater by Victoria Chan:

    And displaying on my blog via RSS.

    Unfortunately I have been unable to get to Alex’s website since this post was published. 😦

  5. Posted March 23, 2007 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    As for me, I prefer Mugshot, which does a whole lot more.

  6. Posted April 10, 2007 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Thought you might like to know that I have implemented Alex’s twitter plugin you mentioned. I am using it along with the Sideblog plugin to display asides, tweets and random thoughts in my sidebar. (blatant plug) Details here. 🙂

  7. Posted April 23, 2007 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    I really just don’t get twitter, how is it social networking, when you can only see the last 5 seconds of people’s activity?, Just lost.


  8. Posted March 19, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I use Twitter and thus Twitter Tools to create Aside posts. I also use Sideblog to list one post category in the sidebar. I do not like these Asides to include direct tweets (prefaced with ‘@’). The following code removes all Tweets that begin with ‘@’. I wanted to share this option with the WordPress Plugin community.

    – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Insert at line 213 of twitter-tools.php inside the closing bracket ‘}’ of function “do_tweet_post”
    – – – – – – – – – – – –

    if(substr($data[“post_content”], 0, 1) != ‘@’) {
    $post_id = wp_insert_post($data);
    add_post_meta($post_id, ‘aktt_twitter_id’, $tweet->tw_id, true);

    This will only save posts that do not start with ‘@’. Now my only Asides posts (tweets) are non-direct tweets (which makes much more sense to me then listing half conversations that people can’t follow by reading your website).

  9. freemor
    Posted April 18, 2008 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the helpful info. Saved me some time and that is always appreciated.. nice blog entry. lots of useful info here

  10. Posted May 13, 2008 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Just got on Twitter this morning. I’ll try adding it through the RSS feed and see how that works out on my blog.

  11. Posted June 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    If you have a WP blog and want to integrate timely, relevant twitter content, my new tool Twitterdoodle can automatically add posts to your blog based on twitter keyword/keyword phrase searches.

  12. επίσκοπος κάρολο
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    It can be done with google reader also!

  13. Posted September 13, 2008 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    My suggestion for Twittering is Tweet This, because I created it to fix a problem I was having. I wanted an easy way for my readers to share my blog posts on Twitter, but I found that I’d have to shorten the URLs in advance as they eat up the 140 characters. Tweet This does just that, adding an icon to each of your blog posts which people can click to post to Twitter (if they’re logged in).

    There are many plugins for cross-posting your blog posts to Twitter, or showing your tweets on your blog… but none that do this.

  14. Posted March 21, 2009 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Hmm… Here’s the situation… I know that one way to use Twitter to advertise your blog is to broadcast my blog and every new entry automatically to Twitter. I like the idea.

    But there’s something else I wanted to do… I want to put up some code on my wordpress sidebar which would help me keep writing short snippets that keeps getting updated… kinda like a mini-blog which doesn’t get archived. I think using Twitter to do this would be a good idea. There must be some widget available that will enable me to display my Twitter message on my blog sidebar… and keeps updating it…

    But can I filter out those twitter messages that simply talks about new updates on my blog?

    Also, what would be the widget-less way to do this? I have a special space on my sidebar which seems to require coding to get stuff done. And I’d prefer to get the Twitter feed over there.

    I really hope I am making sense here.

  15. dhanediesil
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I’m definitely going to check out this plugin. Lately I’ve been using the Twitter for WordPress plugin from Ricks Hideout on my projects. It’s simple to install and use as well. You can check out the tutorial here:

  16. Posted May 29, 2009 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Nice blog of the wordpress. form this blog i take information about website Nice design of the blog. Nice posting. Thanx Dude. It’s help me for the my blog on wordpress.

  17. Posted June 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Just what I was looking for.

  18. Posted February 3, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Twitter is something I’ve really wanted to get involved in but find it’s interface a bit confusing and therefore fear that other people will too. This seems like the ideal solution so people can see my ‘tweets’ in a different format. Great to see it incorporated in other peoples blogs too!

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