Tag: twitter

Twitter expands to 280 characters – sort of.

November 13, 2017


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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Learning about WP to Twitter

April 27, 2016


Topics: Blogging, WordPress.

Given that I first wrote my plug-in WP to Twitter almost 8 years ago, and it’s been in continuous development since then, you might expect that I know all about it. But that would only be half the truth. What I know about WP to Twitter is the code base. I know how it works, I know why I made various decisions, and I know what I really want to change in future development. But I know very little about […]

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Security Update for WP to Twitter

September 12, 2014


Topics: WordPress.

On September 8th, the web site Vexatious Tendencies disclosed publically a security flaw in the WP to Twitter “Tweet Now” functionality, introduced in version 2.9.0. The security flaw would allow unauthenticated users to post to the administrator’s Twitter account. See WordPress plugin vulnerability dump, part 2 for more details about the vulnerability. This is a severe vulnerability, and you should update as soon as possible. If you are still running a version of WP to Twitter older than 2.9.0, you […]

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Using custom template tags with WP to Twitter

June 13, 2013

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Topics: Web Development, WordPress.

Yesterday, I received a support request asking about how somebody could parse a URL out of their post title and post that as the shortened URL attached to their Tweet. They always used the same format to add the URL — <a href="http://thedomain.com">The Title</a>. Well. Not a standard use, certainly — but it is something that you can do using WP to Twitter, with a little custom code. So this is a good time to write up the custom template […]

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Smart Tweeting with WP to Twitter

January 10, 2013

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Topics: Web Development, WordPress.

WP to Twitter is a time-saving tool for sharing your WordPress-composed content with your Twitter followers. But creating a smart Tweet is different from authoring great content: when you’ve only got 140 characters, you’ll want to think strategically. There’s always a compromise between saving time and authoring something unique. The maximum in time savings comes from using the template tools in WP to Twitter to generate the text of every Tweet. An effective formula using your post title, your URL, […]

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