Face it. No one who reads your blog wants to see your Twitter status in the sidebar. On the other hand, after reading your last thought provoking post and a few of your reader’s comments, they may want to see what world is saying right now about your post or the subject matter of your post.
Capture the Conversation brings this conversation to your blog. It uses your post’s tags to find conversations taking place online, on Twitter, and displays and updates those conversations in real time.
This release of Capture the Conversation uses the TweetCapture
jQuery plugin to pull down Twitter tweets.
How do you use the plugin?
Install it, activate it, and then tag your posts.
Help! Why don’t I see any tweets?
The biggest limitation that I see right now (this may change) is that the search performed is the intersection of the search terms (AKA tags). This means that if you tag your post “twitter nyc wireless”, you will only see tweets that contain “twitter” AND “nyc” AND “wireless”. There may be no such tweets. I’m looking at ways to relax this in a future release.
What can be configured?
There is a Settings page (look under Settings for “Capture the Conversation”).
On this page you can select the kinds of pages that the plugin will be enabled on. By default, the plugin will be enabled on single posts and WordPress pages.
You can specify the number of tags to use in the search. By default, all tags are used, which can results in no results being returned (the query is over-constrained). If that occurs, set this value to something like “1”, which will cause the plugin to use the first tag in its queries.
You can specify whether or not to use the built in CSS stylesheet.
You can add a title above the conversations.
How do I give feedback?
Tweet. Mention Capture the Conversation or use the #ctconvo hashtag.