I have a Twitter account.
I barely use it. I always forget about it. Yes, I have crossposters to move content from my blog to Twitter by Tweeting a link back to my latest post. Yes, I have a widget for Opera that lets me access Twitter easily with a nice windowed interface.
I forget about it. It happens. *shrug*
I’m not sure how valuable Twitter is, to be honest. But it’s there.
What brings Twitter to mind is that I upgraded the WordPress plugin I use — WP To Twitter — this morning and crashed my blog for about three minutes. I’m not sure why the blog crashed, but it did. White screen of death, which suggests a function conflict somewhere. I deleted the files for the plugin off the server, went to WordPress Extend, downloaded the version of the plugin I’d upgraded from, and tried again. All was well with the world.
The one thing WP To Twitter didn’t do, however, was to provide a sidebar of Tweets. The blog theme I currently use, Brian Gardner’s Core theme, has a Twitter sidebar widget built in, but the functionality was limited. It couldn’t exclude Tweets, like the links back to my blog content.
Alex King’s Twitter Tools, however, does do that with its sidebar widget. And while it can push a Tweet with a link to my latest blog post, it can’t do what WP to Twitter does — it can’t let me write a custom Tweet for a post. Twitter Tools can attach a hashtag, but it won’t let me write a Tweet that is something other than the post title and link.
Thus, I’m thinking of using both plugins. Let WP to Twitter handle pushing Tweets to Twitter — post title and link if I want that, a custom string if I want that. Let Twitter Tools handle the importing of Tweets to my blog’s sidebar. It’s overkill to do that, I know, but to achieve what I want it looks like, for the nonce, that this is what I must do. :tired:
And, to completely baffle long-time Allynologists, this post was written in Firefox. Yeah, I know. Crazy, innit?