If you want to browse your own tweet history, Twitter sucks. If you have published more than 3200 tweets, Twitter lost the older ones. On the other hand, WordPress does all this fine, so I made a plugin to archive all your tweets in WordPress
My tweet archive: Ozh' Tweets (notice the cool stats in the sidebar)
Extract and upload to your blog, preserving directory structure.
- Install a fresh new empty blog (a subdirectory of your current blog will be fine, or a tweet.domain.com subdomain, it doesn't matter)
- Install and activate the plugin. Sit back.
Q: But (Alex King's Twitter Tools | Donncha's Tweet Tweet | Other guy's plugin ) does the same and more!
A: Exactly. "And more". I didn't need this.
Q: How are tweets imported?
A: As regular posts, with #hashtags converted as post tags if you wish (you'll want to do this), and a few post custom fields for other data (tweet source, in reply to, etc)
Q: I tried to import all my tweets for the first time but the page died with an error / timeout / alien abduction !!1
A: Just hit F5 to reload the page. There will be no duplicates.
Q: It seems my tweets are not archived, and every time I visit the plugin settings page it says it's going to archive them in [default delay I've picked]!
A: Your tweet archive is not visited enough so the cron job is not firing. Link to it here and there and make sure it's browsable by indexing robots, it should be fine.
Q: I've imported all my tweets but it did not convert all the hashtags in tags!
A: Conversion is done when a tweet is displayed, to save some queries during the import. After the very first import, browse your archive. Then, your or googlebot's visits will both trigger the cron job and the hashtag import.
Q: Does this work if my Twitter account is protected / private?
A: No. At the moment Twitter does not require authentication to fetch public tweets, which I wanted to do, so I didn't implement an auth system.
Q: I have more than 3200 tweets. How do I import & archive the old ones?
A: You don't. You're toast. Twitter itself has lost them.
Q: The [whatever] does not work!
Q: What theme did you use for your Tweet archive?
A: A modified version of Stopdesign's to use some features of my plugin. It's available in this SVN repository (probably don't expect any update) or as this zip file: ozh-tweet-archive-theme. No support or anything on this, this is for example only.
Q: Can you add this or that feature?
A: Probably not. This plugin was made to perfectly fit my needs. But hey, who knows, maybe I'll feel the need for your idea? Go ahead and comment.
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