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Friday, March 20, 2015

Add Your Twitter Feed To Your Blog

Some blog owners, who also have activity in Twitter, would like to display their Twitter feed on their blog.

This is not at all difficult. Twitter will custom build you an HTML gadget, using a wizard in their website.

Twitter Help: How to embed a timeline explains the process.
  1. Sign in to Twitter.
  2. Go to your settings and select Widgets.
  3. Click Create new.
  4. Choose the type of embedded timeline you’d like and start to configure it:
    • For User Timeline, enter the username of the user whose Tweets you want to display.
    • For Favorites, enter the username of the user whose favorites you want to display.
    • For List, select a public list that you own and/or subscribe to in the drop-down menu.
    • For Search, enter your search query (for advanced searches, use Twitter’s search operators).
    • Make sure to select Safe mode if you want to exclude sensitive content, profanity, etc.
  5. Customize the design by specifying the height, theme (light or dark), and link color to match your website. You can also configure your embedded timeline to auto-expand Tweets containing media.
  6. Click Create widget and then copy and paste the code into the HTML of your site. You’re done!

For your blog, just use the Layout dashboard wizard, and "Add a Gadget". Add an HTML / JavaScript gadget, and paste the code from Step #6, above. Then, position the new gadget, and Save.

Look at the sidebar in my Buzz blog, for a demonstration of two of many possibilities.

Now, to complement FeedBurner / TwitterFeed, which lets you publish Blogger content to Twitter, you can display Twitter content on your blog. Just be careful, and use the Twitter content as an accessory or decoration - not as a major content source.

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