If you use Twitter and have a website, perhaps you’ve thought about displaying your Twitter conversations and clever comments on your website. My website runs WordPress and there are many plugins that offer various options such as ‘tweet this’, ‘follow me’ and more. On my site, I have a Twitter tab that, if clicked, takes you to my Twitter stream @LynnToTheRescue.
But I was looking for a plugin or widget to put in a sidebar on my website so anyone could get a quick glance at what was happening with my latest tweets. In addition, I wanted this widget to let folks type in a tweet to me or to follow me. I especially needed this feature for a client website I’m currently working on.
I tried some plugins from the WordPress repository, but they didn’t have all the functionality I was looking for or the setup process was cumbersome. I’d also read that Twitter had changed their API so third-party apps that used to work didn’t work any more. So I went to Twitter to see if they provided any help and found everything I needed, so I wanted to share it here.
Steps to Put Your Twitter Stream on Your Website
While logged in to your Twitter account, click on the gear to the right and click the ‘Settings’ link. This brings up the below menu where you’ll select ‘Widgets’.
The below box will open up and most of the fields will be populated for you. The height button controls how long your widget will be. My height is 400 pixels which gives me about 4 tweets in my sidebar. You can make it more or less to your liking. Over to the right you’ll see a preview of how it’ll look. There is a link to do further customization, but I didn’t investigate that.
All of this took just a minute or so to look things over, then I could copy and paste the code located on the same page I was on in Twitter Settings.
Then I pasted the code into a text widget on my WordPress website and inserted it as you see below in one of my sidebars.
Twitter Stream on My Website
Now my Twitter stream is showing up on my About Me page and it’s showing my last four tweets along with a follow me option and a tweet me option! Everything I wanted.
You can see I was not focusing on writing this article because I got distracted by the #SharkNado hashtag last night and saw my friend, Kristen tweeting about it, so we had a Twitter chat. What kind of plugin or widget works on your website? Leave me a comment or a tweet! I’d appreciate it if you’d like to subscribe to my RSS feed and get my weekly blog in your email – or just put it in your feed reader.