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SimpleTwit

Description

A plugin for developers and designers that sets up a WP_Cron to pull in and cache a user’s stream using OAuth and the Twitter v1.1 REST API. It’s all that a developer needs to incorporate a Twitter feed on their site, the OAuth handling, caching to avoid rate limiting, and utilities to easily format Tweets correctly without predefined styles to work around. For designers, the plugin creates a widget that can be used to easily display and style Tweets in your theme.

Features

  • Provides access to a user’s Tweets for both designers and developers
  • Creates a widget for easy display of the latest Tweets in your theme’s sidebar
  • Clearly designates Retweets and Replies to allow easy styling and manipulation
  • Easily set Username and OAuth credentials
  • Caches Tweets to prevent rate limiting problems
  • Hooks into WP_Cron for easy installation and automatic API calls
  • Uses OAuth and the v1.1 Twitter REST API

Usage

There are two main ways to access the Tweets, one aimed at developers and one aimed at designers.

For Designers

This plugin creates a widget that allows display of the most recent Tweets in any sidebar in your theme. When adding the widget you can customize how many Tweets and what information is displayed, choosing from content, time, author, and source. The widget outputs HTML5 which with classes to style on every element, including flagging Tweets as Retweets and Replies. You will be able to style this widget to look exactly as you need it it to.

For Developers

For those with something special in mind and willing to get their hands dirty, this plugin provides powerful access to the DB of Tweets. Tweets can be grabbed through a template tag and are provided in a special object jam packed with features:

STF_Tweet

An array of these objects is returned by the template tag instead of the WP_Post object, or an individual can be constructed by passing the post ID of the Tweet to the object constructor.

The object provides a number of useful methods when working with Tweets. This object has the following accessible properties:

  • is_retweet – This boolean will be true when the Tweet is a Retweet
  • is_reply – This boolean will be true when the Tweet is a Reply to another Tweet
  • content – The content of the Tweet, this will be automatically formatted to link other referenced Twitter users, hashtags, and inline links
  • time – A timestamp of the Tweet, timezoned to the WP install, in Y-m-d H:i:s format
  • time_gmt – A timestamp of the Tweet, timezoned to GMT, in Y-m-d H:i:s format
  • time_str – The string that represents how long it’s been since the Tweet, in the way that Twitter usually dates its Tweets, good for an international audience since this isn’t timezone specicific

The object has the following methods:

  • get_source() – Returns the string representing the device used to Tweet this status
  • get_raw_tweet() – Returns the cached raw response from the API as an object, this should rarely be used as almost all information on the Tweet is accessible without loading this object
  • get_author_link() – Returns a string that is the link to the Tweet’s author’s page on Twitter
  • get_retweet_info() – Returns the info on the original Tweet of a Retweet, or false if the Tweet is not a Retweet, the object returned contains:
    • username – The Twitter username of the original Tweet
    • screenname – The Twitter screenname of the original Tweet
    • content – The unformatted content of the original Tweet
    • time_gmt – The GMT time of the Retweet
    • url – A direct link to the original Tweet
    • user_url – A direct link to the profile of the original Twitter user
  • get_reply_info() – Returns the info on the original status that this Tweet is replying to, the info is as follows:
    • url – The direct link to the original status
    • in_reply_to_name – The screenname of the original Twitter user
    • in_reply_to_user_url – The direct link to the original Twitter user’s profile
  • get_author_info() – Gets the raw object response from the Twitter API scrape, there are a lot of variables in the raw object, but here’s the main attributes:
    • id_str – The id of the user
    • name – The nice name of the author account
    • screen_name – The username of the author account
    • description – The self-provided description of the author on Twitter
    • created_at – The creation date of the Twitter author account
    • profile_image_url – Link to the profile image of the Twitter author account
    • profile_image_url_https – Secure link to the profile image of the Twitter author account

stf_get_tweets($args)

This will be the main function used to get Tweets from the DB. This function takes an array of parameters as follows:

  • $args['num'] – This tells us how many Tweets to get from the DB, defaults to 5
  • $args['offset'] – This tells us how many Tweets to skip over when selecting our Tweets, defaults to 0
  • $args['retweets'] – This tells us whether or not to get Retweets, defaults to true
  • $args['replies'] – This tells us whether or not to get Replies, defaults to true
    This function returns an array of STF_Tweet objects, the use of these objects is described above

Contributors

Future Development

  • Database Functions (Delete, Rescrape)
  • Multiple Twitter Streams
  • Define the interval between feed scrapes
  • Allow users to Retweet and Reply with their own accounts right from your site
  • Add in shortcode support for recent Tweet display

Screenshots

  • A view of the admin area settings
  • A print_r() of the results of stf_get_tweets()
  • Options for the widget in the admin area

Installation

  1. Upload SimpleTwit to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go to Twitter’s Developer Center](https://dev.twitter.com/) and setup your Twitter app to get your OAuth credentials
  4. Add in your OAuth credentials through Settings >> Twitter Feed
  5. The plugin will scrape the API right away and let you know if there were any problems with the information provided

FAQ

How can I get this to display Tweets?

This plugin is intended entirely for developers and therefore there’s no prebuilt Twitter feed box or widget. Instead, this plugin provides the stf_get_tweets() function that will return an array of Tweet objects that can be easily looped through and used to build a custom Twitter feed. Making it easy for anyone with familiarity with PHP, HTML and CSS to create the perfect custom Twitter feed they were looking for.

Contributors & Developers

“SimpleTwit” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Interested in development?

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Changelog

1.3

Feature Updates

  • Added in support for Twitter’s $ (Cash) tag

1.2.2

Bugfixes

  • Fixed bug that was precenting Tweets from pulling through WP_Cron

1.2.1

Bugfixes

  • Fixed a bug with the time string not handling time zones correctly and displaying the wrong information

1.2.0

New Features

  • Added a widget that uses the DB information to display most recent Tweets
  • Now when the username is changed, it deletes all the Tweets and rescrapes Twitter using the new username
  • When the OAuth credentials are changed, it runs an import to check if the new credentials are valid
  • Added admin notices for incomplete or erroneous OAuth credentials

Feature Updates

  • Added in STF_Tweet->get_author() method to provide detailed information on the Tweet’s author
  • Changed STF_Tweet->get_raw_tweet() to return an object instead of associative array
  • Added in STF_Tweet->get_author_link() to get the direct link to the Tweet author’s page

Bugfixes

  • Fixed a bug where the time string was not adjusting for timezone differences and causing funky time reporting

1.1.1

Bugfixes

  • Fixed styling errors in the readme.txt

1.1.0

New Features

  • Added readme.txt for WordPress.org compatibility
  • Added two screenshots

1.0.0

New Features

  • Added in option to offset the Tweets returned by stf_get_tweets()
  • Added in get_tweet_link() method to STF_Tweet object to return the direct link to status
  • Added in documentation of the usage of the plugin in the README and in the code

Feature Updates

  • Added in a check on the API call that verified the Tweet was not already in the DB before adding
  • Modified some of the DateTime code to make the plugin compatible with PHP 5.2
  • Modified the stf_get_tweets() function so that it takes a single array of parameters argument rather than a list of arugments
  • Namespaced the entire plugin to use stf_ instead of no namespacing or st_
  • Added in function_exists() checks to prevent fatal conflicts with other plugins
  • Amended the Access Token and Secret labeling to mirror Twitter

Bugfixes

  • Fixed an issue with the default WP timezone returning an invalid timezone string for PHP
  • Fixed an error that was entering a failed call to the Twitter API into the DB
  • Fixed an error that was causing Tweets to import twice
  • Fixed an error with the Status IDs if the DB was running on a 32 bit machine
  • Fixed an issue where a Notice was being thrown by the lack of apostrophes around a string
  • Fixed the description of username entry to be more clear that only one user can be entered and to not include the @

RC1

  • The initial release of the plugin.