When you use Twitter, especially for exposure for your websites there are times you want to have features from your Twitter feed on the site itself. The company behind Twitter understand this and have provided access to all kinds of toys for you to play with.
For the people who don’t have much knowledge of programming the simplest way of doing this is through widgets and also the ability to quote actual posts straight onto a page on your site. For the most advanced there is also access to the Twitter API itself.
Using Twitter on Your Website
The easiest way to get Twitter on your page is through the use of widgets. To get access to these click on “resources” on the Twitter page. If you are logged into Twitter these will be on the lower area of the sidebar on the left.
By clicking this you will be taken to a page with three options, these being Twitter Buttons, Widgets, Logos & Icons. Twitter Buttons is the most simple of options. All you simply have to do is pick the button you want to have on your site and you will be provided with options for that button. When this button is pressed on your site it will post a message onto the users Twitter stream. Through the options you will be able to choose any hashtags you want to include too. On the right hand side of the page will be the HTML code to be included on your site.
The second option is an actual Widget that can be placed on either your website and also Facebook. Through the use of options you will again be able to set the widget to act how you want it to, this also includes the colouring for the Widget so that its colour scheme fits your page better. The third option on resources gives you access to images that can be used on your site for any other Twitter uses you may have.
One other thing you can do is to actually quote from a Twitter feed itself. To do this load a Twitter profile in a browser and click on a post. Once clicked then see an option called “details” click that which will load that one tweet. From there click on “Embed this tweet” and you will be provided with the HTML that you can add onto your page. Depending on the constraints of the CSS styling on your page the embedded quote will either use the styling provided in the HTML or your sites.
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Other than these easier options you can also get access to the Twitter API. To use this though you will need to have developer experience; this can be useful if you want to extend the usage of Twitter outside of what the Widgets can let you do. Innovations in the use of the API in the past have been very successful, for example User Interfaces such as Tweetdeck have used the API to create a very user friendly user interface for Twitter outside of the browser environment.