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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Display your latest tweet without a plug-in


8 in 15 Useful Twitter Hacks and Plug-Ins For WordPressIf people like your blog, they would probably also enjoy your tweets. Displaying your latest tweets on your WordPress blog is a good way to gain new subscribers. A plug-in can do that, but for such a simple task, I prefer a hack. This one grabs your latest tweet and displays it on your blog.
This ready-to-use code can be pasted anywhere in your theme files. Just don’t forget to change the value of the $username on line 4. The $prefix and $suffix variable can be used to insert a title, and the div element can be used for further CSS styling.
// Your twitter username.
$username = "TwitterUsername";

// Prefix - some text you want displayed before your latest tweet.
// (HTML is OK, but be sure to escape quotes with backslashes: for example href=\"link.html\")
$prefix = "

My last Tweet

"; // Suffix - some text you want display after your latest tweet. (Same rules as the prefix.) $suffix = ""; $feed = "http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=from:" . $username . "&rpp=1"; function parse_feed($feed) { $stepOne = explode("", $feed); $stepTwo = explode("", $stepOne[1]); $tweet = $stepTwo[0]; $tweet = str_replace("<", "<", $tweet); $tweet = str_replace(">", ">", $tweet); return $tweet; } $twitterFeed = file_get_contents($feed); echo stripslashes($prefix) . parse_feed($twitterFeed) . stripslashes($suffix); ?>
Save the file, and your latest tweet is displayed on your blog. Nice, huh?

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