Authenticate Your Twitter API Calls Before March

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Twitter API OAuth

On the 5th of March, Twitter is going to retire version 1 of its API. The replacement, version 1.1 is very similar, but with one major difference; every single call must be authenticated.

This means that come March, your existing API calls will break; including simple things like displaying tweets on your site. To fix this, you need to move to the new v1.1 API, and authenticate with Twitter.

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Add a Backup to Embedded Tweets in WordPress

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Tweets in WordPress with Backups

Around this time last year, I showed you how to embed tweets in WordPress using the Twitter API.

Today, I want to improve on that script by adding a backup to it. Twitter is often down or unresponsive, and when it is, the previous script fails and displays nothing.

With a backup, we store an extra copy of each set of tweets that we find. When Twitter is down, we can then use this backup to display tweets as normal.

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How to Make a Floating Share Box

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Floating Share Buttons

This is one of the most common questions I get asked; how do you make a floating box with share links?

Today, we’re going to see just how simple it can be. We will:

  • Set up the current trinity of search (Facebook, Twitter, +1).
  • See how to make sure they share the right URL.
  • Align the box to the bottom left of the user’s browser.
  • Hide the box if the user’s browser is too small (So it never overlaps our content).

You can see the demo site here (Try resizing your browser smaller).

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How to Get Facebook, Twitter, and RSS Counts {WP}

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Twitter, Facebook, RSS Counts

You will have seen blogs showcase their Twitter, Facebook, and RSS counts with typography. With these numbers in plain text, you can style them into your website far more effectively than if you were to use the old-fashioned “chicklets.”

Twitter and Facebook make this easy, but you’ll need to take an extra step with FeedBurner first. Log in, then click Publicize > Awareness API, and click activate.

All set? Then let’s get started!

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How to Use the Twitter API in WordPress

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Twitter with WordPress

There are plenty of Twitter plugins for WordPress. Why would we want to make our own script?

Well, most of the plugins come with a lot of fluff you just don’t need. Ours will be simple and efficient; all it needs to do is grab your tweets and display them.

The other reason is control; you write the markup, so it’s entirely up to you how it is displayed.

The last reason is that because we’re getting the tweets directly from the Twitter API feeds (i.e. no verification is going to be needed), we can easily display tweets from a Twitter List instead of just our own tweets.

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How to Get Your Twitter Follower Number in Plain Text

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Twitter Follower Count in Plain Text

It’s easy to use a service like TwitterCounter.com to get a little chicklet button of your Twitter follower number. If you have that number in plain text though, then you can style and integrate it into your site much more attractively. In this post, I’ll show you how to get it.

You can see the end result in the top right of Tiny Buddha, a site I recently coded using Chameleon (Though this will work on any WordPress theme!)

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Top 50 High Quality Twitter Icons for FREE

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twitter-50

Currently, Twitter is one of the most popular social networking sites. Most blogger are therefore interested in adding some twitter icons to their blog, so that their readers can submit their article to Twitter quickly, or just find their Twitter account and follow it.

Here we’ve collected together some of the best twitter icons we’ve come across online. Surely you’ll find one that suits your site!

For the code to add a twitter button to your blog, read Social Bookmarking Link Codes. And if you want to add some RSS buttons to your blog, you can visit the RSS Icons and Best Free Icons that we collected together to choose a great icon for your blog.

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