Any updates on twitter?

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  • #230105

    puresecrets
    Member

    hey guys. Was just wondering whether anyone has any updates on the usage of twitter on wordpress.com blogs? I want to insert a proper widget.. not some RSS link. :) Anyone?

    #230628

    diablogue
    Member

    Wondering same…

    #230629

    raincoaster
    Member

    No change.

    #230630

    jknellen
    Member

    The RSS widget isn’t working with Twitter for me. I’m getting very frustrated.

    #230631

    raincoaster
    Member

    There are threads in the forum on how to use Twitter with the RSS feed; have you checked those out?

    #230632

    diablogue
    Member

    Just tried using a Korelab Twitter balloon that I made…pasted the code in the Text widget…but no luck. Any suggestions? Thanks much.

    Maybe we (WP users) should start a fundraiser for Widget support development…? I’m serious. Is there a PayPal account out there we could feed for Widget development efforts? Of course we could start the WOM campaign on Twitter (where else?!) ;)

    For real, folks. Talk to me. I don’t know about you all, but I don’t feel right dogging on WP all the time about Twitter, especially if my blog is FREE. What can I do? What can we do? LET ME KNOW! :)

    #230633

    mattmetzger
    Member

    A widget already exists, it’s just a matter of whether the site admins want to add it to the shared install we all use.

    #230634

    trent
    Member

    You can always use the RSS widget and just copy your RSS feed from your twitter updates in the meantime, but there is nothing available specially on wordpress.com right now.

    Trent

    #230635

    diablogue
    Member

    Trent: Yeah, I tried the RSS widget/feed thing and it doesn’t work. It says: “An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.” You can see it now on my blog at http://diablogue.wordpress.com (look at bottom of left-hand column for Twitter RSS Feed – under the FlickR photos…)

    Matt: Tell me more about this widget! :) And how do admins decide on adding to shared install…?

    #230636

    raincoaster
    Member

    Admins wait to hear how many requests they get, so if you are dying for this, ask staff.

    There was some change to the way Twitter sends out feeds, so the RSS workaround needs a bit of tweaking. You should be able to find the relevant threads with a search of the forums; it was just a couple of weeks ago.

    #230637

    diablogue
    Member

    Thanks raincoaster. It worked! I just had to replace the word “friends” in my Twitter feed URL with the word “user” and SUCCESS. :)

    #230638

    diablogue
    Member

    I will still ask staff for a Twitter badge or balloon widget in the near future, however. THANKS AGAIN

    #230641

    What is the “official” channel for registering a request for a Twitter badge/widget? I.e., how does one “ask staff”?

    #230642

    mark
    Staff

    You can use the Support link but posting here is good enough.

    You can always use your feed from Twitter.

    #230643

    clconway
    Member

    OK. Duly noted. I’ve got Twitter set up through the RSS widget, but a dedicated widget would have the following advantages:

    – Strip “username:” from the beginning of each post
    – Make URLs clickable
    – Add timestamps to post with >1 day precision

    These things can be accomplished with simple, harmless scripts applied to the RSS feed (see, e.g., this post). If there’s a way to apply such a script via the current RSS widget, I’d be glad to know it.

    #230644

    kopper65
    Member

    OK, I just posted about this in another thread on the subject, but just to throw my vote in… yes, I, too, would LOVE to have a WordPress.com-approved widget specifically made for Twitter. Obviously Twitter is not for everyone. Nothing really is. But in this case there is a lot of crossover amongst the blogging and microblogging communities. Adding a widget would help marry the two.

    Now that I’ve said that, a separate one for FriendFeed would also be cool for the same reason.

    Thanks!
    kopper

    #230645

    cassafrass
    Member

    I really would love for wordpress to let us use a twitter widget. please please, wordpress admins!

    #230647

    Yes I also would much rather be able to add the Twitter widget instead of RSS.

    #230648

    +1 twitter.

    #230649

    jeffcruz
    Member

    RSS feeds is a half-baked excuse for a widget. There are TONS of people on Twitter now and getting bigger everyday, plus Blogger.com, Typepad.com and all the other blog sites already have Twitter Widgets, so if WordPress does not do something soon, they will end up losing users! They need to get on the ball NOW and get something for use to use soon!

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