Update: 2012-10-23 - I have decided to no longer develop this plugin. Sorry.
Why? Twitter changed their APIs recently. The new APIs no longer allow a non-authenticated user to get the list of tweets. This is how this plugin worked. Instead, you have to be authenticated via OAuth. In order to do that, I would have to embed my own Twitter dev keys into the plugin, which is a text file, for the world to see. Not a good idea. The other option is to have you, the user, get your own dev keys. I am not prepared to deal with the support required.
So I am leaving this plugin behind for now...
Heard of Twitter? Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates via SMS, instant messaging, the Twitter website or 3rd party applications. But you probably already knew that or you wouldn't be reading this.
While I think Twitter is fun, I don't like spreading my posts all over the place. You might be posting on your blog, on Twitter, on Facebook, on MySpace, etc. I want all my content to ultimately be on my blog but I don't mind it being in other places too.
So I decided to do a 1-way sync with Twitter to Movable Type. That way I can use Twitter when I want to, but my Movable Type blog will be updated with all the content in the background.
Using the background tasks functionality in Movable Type, this plugin will query your Twitter account for your latest updates, or "tweets". When it sees a new one, it will create an entry in your blog for that tweet. Various properties of the blog entry are used. The title isn't really interesting because tweets don't have titles. The body of the entry is the text of the tweet. A direct URL to the tweet on Twitter.com is put into the extended entry field. In the end, you have tweets appearing on your blog so your non-Twitter friends can see what you are up to just by reading your blog.
I could have used a separate database for the tweets, but I decided it was cooler and more integrated to use normal blog entries. Then you can use a variety of Movable Type template tweaks to show/hide the tweets or customize their display.
There are a variety of options that you can set when configuring the plugin:
1. To customize the display of tweets in your templates, you can use a category filter. The label parameter should be set to the name of the category you posted your tweets under. Tweets is the default category name.
<MTEntries lastn="15"> <MTIfCategory label="Tweets"> <p>I am a tweet!</p> <MTElse> <p>I am NOT a tweet!</p> </MTElse> </MTIfCategory> </MTEntries>
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