Auto Tweet is a plugin to cross-post selected entries to Twitter.
There are two likely possibilities. First, Twitter may be down. At the time of this writing, Twitter is growing very rapidly and does occasionally experience issues with service availability. Second, you may have incorrectly entered your username and/or password on the Auto Tweet options page. Double check that you're using the correct login info. Auto Tweet does not verify your login information. It tries to use whatever you input.
Twitter is currently undergoing rapid growth and is not always stable. The operation may time out, either on the server end or in your browser. This is an issue with Twitter, not with Auto Tweet. If your post/tweet contains links, Auto Tweet will convert them into TinyURLs. Performance issues at TinyURL may also slow the posting/tweeting process.
Twitter does not render HTML, so Auto Tweet uses regular expressions to remove markup. Italics and bold tags may optionally be processed specially to preserve some form of text emphasis in the output submitted to Twitter. Visit the Options page to configure this feature.
Auto Tweet uses regular expressions to convert links to a Twitter-friendly format.
What appears in your WordPress post as
<a href="http://feastofcrumbs.com/">A Feast of Crumbs</a> will be submitted to Twitter as
A Feast of Crumbs ( http://tinyurl.com/24w7wc ).
Publish your post as you want it to appear in WordPress and Auto Tweet will do all the heavy lifting automagically.
"Raw" links will not be converted. Auto Tweet will not convert URLs not contained in an anchor tag, though Twitter may.
Do not use anchor attributes like
target, etc. These will likely confound the regular expression that converts links, and may send garbage output to Twitter. For best results, use only the
href attribute with your links.
Edit your existing WP post. In the editor, change the post status to draft. Click the Save and Continue Editing button. When the page reloads, click the Auto Tweet checkbox and hit the Publish button. This may seem like an awkward way to do it, but Auto Tweet only hooks the Publish action. Hooking the Save action can result in inadvertant double-tweets (and triple-tweets, and quadruple-tweets...)
No. Auto Tweet does not evalutate the post date. If you publish a post/tweet with a future date, WordPress will handle the post as you would expect, but Auto Tweet will still submit to Twitter immediately. I have no plans to implement support for future posts, but I may consider it if it's requested.
post_content textarea and determine exactly how many characters will be in the final output.
To this end it uses an
onkeyup event handler to check that textarea after every key press.
First it will convert italics and bold tags according to your preferences.
Next it counts and stores the number of links.
Next it strips HTML tags.
Then it counts the total number of characters in what's left.
Finally, it adds 30 to that character count for each link it found earlier.
As far as I've noticed all TinyURLs are the same length, so the output length will always be the same. In my implementation, that's 30 characters.
Also, additional link attributes like
target may generate inaccurate counts. For best results, use only the href attribute with your links.
--Love and sloppy kisses, Joefish http://feastofcrumbs.com/