Set a keyword or phrase and NewsTweet constantly pulls twitter posts containing that word or phrase. Useful for bands or anyone with a specific focus for their blog. NewsTweet uses AJAX and the Twitter API so your content stays fresh without the need to refresh the page.
- Search terms are now in a textarea so long strings are easier to read
- Title field
- Option to turn off “Tweet It” button
- Option to select 1-10 results (formerly hard-coded to 3)
- Cleaned up url encoding and slash (/) issues
newstweetfolder to the
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Make sure you have dynamic sidebars turned on
newstweetto your sidebar
editand put in your word or phrase
- What is it?
NewsTweet is a sidebar plugin for WordPress users that uses the Twitter search API. Using AJAX, it checks for new posts containing a search term and displays them on your site.
- Why do I want it?
NewsTweet was designed to help spread the word about your blog/band/cause/whatever. For example, if you are a band called “Burning Glaciers” you would use “Burning Glaciers” as the search term. Everytime a Twitterer posts about “Burning Glaciers” it’ll show up on your site. The “Tweet It” link and the fact that lots of other fans are seeing the posts should encourage more people to participate.
- Is it difficult to install?
Not at all. Download and unzip and drag the “newstweet” folder into your “plugins” directory. Then activate the plugin, add it to your sidebar and edit the search term. That’s it. You’ll need to have dynamic sidebars turned on.
- What about the look of it?
NewsTweet was designed to inherit the styles from your page so that it would look pretty good with any theme. If you want to change anything, edit the nicely commented CSS file.
- Do you offer tech support?
Not really but you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Who do I thank?
Me, Tim Resudek, and my brother, Todd Resudek. We are freelance designers/programmers that built this plugin in our spare time. My portfolio is online at http://www.thisistim.biz, Todd’s is at http://www.tr1design.net.