With the ever growing popularity of social media, people are constantly seeking out ways to enhance their lives, quickly accomplish tasks, and tell the world about what they do.
Twitter, a micro-blogging platform with a character post capacity of 140 characters, and one of the largest user populations in the world; is often the social media platform of choice despite its limitations.
WordPress on the other hand, a much more feature-rich and complex blogging platform has the ability to take advantage of Twitter activity and display its feeds in real time.
To post a Twitter feed in your WordPress.com site, simply go to Appearance> Widgets> Twitter Timeline.
On a self-hosted site, using the Jetpack Plugin, use the Extra Sidebar Widgets feature to add a Twitter stream.
Connecting your Twitter Account
To connect your WordPress site to Twitter, you must first activate the Twitter widget within the Twitter settings panel.
- Go to the Twitter Settings>Widgets> Create New Widget. The screen will prompt you to type in the @twitter user that you would like to display. When everything is typed in, save the changes and then an embed code will appear below the feed.
- In the embed code box, look for a code that looks like this:
- Copy this ID code, and then return to the Twitter widget screen on WordPress. Paste the code in the designated box.
- The twitter widget has just been added to your site.
Keep in mind that there is no password required to display a Twitter feed, and you can post as many streams as you like. The shortcode is a much shorter and more condensed way to display a Twitter feed. The shortcode should look something like this:
The finished product will look like the feed below.Tweets by @jakeuplink
In this way, the Twitter feed is no longer limited to the sidebars, but can be implemented in any post or page.