Author: Joe Dolson

WP to Twitter, WP Tweets Pro, and Twitter’s new API policies

February 3, 2023

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Topics: News, WordPress.

As you may have already heard, Twitter has announced that they will cease support for free access to the Twitter API. The sole information published about this to this point is a short Twitter thread; if you’ve read that, you know about as much as I do about what’s going to happen. Anything else is probably rumors. There are existing published costs for access to the Twitter Search API, but those are very separate from the rest of the API […]

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Should I say goodbye to WP to Twitter?

January 22, 2023

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Topics: News, WordPress.

WP to Twitter was my first plugin. I released it in 2008, as a project originally paired with a Pierre Far’s custom URL shortener, Cli.gs. (Now long gone.) I’ve maintained it steadily for 15 years. In 2012, I added the premium add-on WP Tweets Pro, so that I could afford to continue to update the plug-in. At it’s height, it had about 130,000 installations. That user base has since fallen to about 30,000. The decrease has a few sound reasons. […]

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WP Tweets Pro 2.0.0: now sending your alt text to Twitter

December 11, 2020

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

It’s taken way too long, and was completed in what I might consider the most frustrating way. I’ve been working on and off towards getting support for Twitter’s API to add alternative text to Twitter images for years – literally since they first published the API. At first, the documentation was just broken. Later, it was no longer broken, but woefully incomplete. I tried numerous variations to get it to work, and each time I’d eventually be frustrated and put […]

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Plugin Readiness for Gutenberg

December 4, 2018

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Topics: Plugins, WordPress.

WordPress 5.0 is currently scheduled for release on Thursday, December 6th. This date has changed several times already, but I believe that this date will actually happen. The new content editor, Gutenberg, will be included in the release. The user interface has been considered stable for all of 8 days. I’ve talked a fair amount recently about the accessibility of Gutenberg and what the user experience will be like for users of assistive technology – but this post isn’t about […]

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Twitter expands to 280 characters – sort of.

November 13, 2017

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Topics: WordPress.

In WP to Twitter version 3.3.1, I’m adding a control to extend the allowed length of your Tweets using WP to Twitter. This post is to explain that feature, because as much as there’s been a lot published claiming that Twitter has expanded posts to 280 characters, that’s not strictly accurate. Strictly accurate matters a lot in programming, even if your actual experience using Twitter might seem exactly right. As a result, it’s going to be a little while before […]

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