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Twitter Friends Widget

Displays your Twitter friends with their profile images in the sidebar.


  • Fixed bug that prevented Followeres from being shown


  • Added WordPress Mu compatibility. (Fixed issue with WPMU users not being able to save settings).
  • Minor update to CSS used to display images.
  • Added Settings link to Plugins page. (Appears beside Deactivate and Edit links)


  • Updated CSS for better compatibility with IE.


  • Complete rewrite of plugin.
  • Images displayed using DIV's instead of TABLE.
  • Moved Widget Settings to Main Menu.
  • Redesign of Twitter Friends back-end.
  • Delete Options integrated with main Twitter Friends menu.
  • Plugin updates both Friends and Followers regardless of which is being displayed.
  • Cache update code moved to blog footer - speeds up display of sidebar.
  • New database structure.
  • Updated code to retrieve all friends/ followers from Twitter.
  • Removed options to specify background and text colours - no longer required since display table was removed.
  • Updated shortcode to allow more options.
  • Added option to display Friends and Followers Counts.


  • Added shortcode.
  • Added rel="nofollow" to Twitter Profile/ RSS links.
  • Cleaned up some database code.
  • Bug Fix: Updated code for genarating output table to remove an XHTML validation error.


  • Added option to specify whether Friends or Followers are displayed.
  • Updated code to use curl instead of pmc_http_class to connect to Twitter.
  • Added "Delete All" option in Advanced Settings.
  • Bug Fix: Error in code used to display RSS link in Widget Title.
  • Bug Fix: Display limit not being displayed correctly in Widget Control Panel.
  • Bug Fix: Twitter ID not updated correctly.


  • Incorporated patch from David Jack Wange Olrik to rename class_http.php and generic http() class to avoid naming conflicts.


  • Added "Twitter Friends Widget - Advanced Settings" plugin.
  • Added Delete Friends option.
  • Added Manual Update option.
  • Added Change User option.
  • Added Uninstall option.
  • Updated widget code to alter how the Twitter ID is retrieved from Twitter Username.
  • Fixed minor issue with profile images being incorrectly displayed in sidebar.


  • Added option to change table style.


  • Added option to enable/ disable "Subscribe to My Twitter Feed" link.
  • Added option to add link to Widget Title


  • Fixed a bug where ther limit specified in the widget settings was not being applied.


  • Removed wp-cron based caching as this was unreliable.
  • Added my own simple scheduler for updating the cache.


  • Complete re-write of the plugin
  • Added caching via a new table added to the WordPress database
  • Added cache updating via wp-cron
  • Added option that permanantly stores Twitter ID, Twitter API only needs to be called once to get the ID
  • Added RSS icon to subscribe link


  • Fixed bug with background and text colour styles not being applied correctly


  • Due to a large number of issues with the caching function, caching has been removed. See FAQ for more details.
  • Added link to users Twitter RSS
  • Added option to change background and text colours.


  • Added blank http_friends.xml to cache so that cache folder will be included with plugin .zip.
  • Updated installation instructions to reflect that cache must be writable.
  • Updated readme with error message regarding unwritable cache folder.


Fixed issue with profile images not being displayed correctly.


Fixed bug with local caching


  • Changed from using "normal" size images to "mini" size profile images
  • Added styles to header

Requires: 2.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 2.7.*
Last Updated: 8 years ago
Active Installs: 200+


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