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Twitter Alligator WordPress Plugin

Twitter Alligator is a WordPres plugin that, using a custom widget, allows you to aggregate “tweets” from several Twitter users.

Plugin Features

  • Aggregate tweets from several users in one widget
  • Allows you to specify the number of tweets per user and per widget
  • Allows you to specify the date format
  • Use built-in skins or create your own
  • With built-in caching system for optimum performance
  • Localized and can be translated easily to your own language

How to Install the Plugin

There are two methods to install the plugin. You may use either one of them. The first one requires that you upload the zip file from your browser. The second one uses FTP to upload the files.

First Method

  1. In your WordPress site’s admin panel, go to Plugins.
  2. Click “Add New”. This link is located next to the page title.
  3. In the “Install Plugins” page, click “Upload”.
  4. In the file input field, browse and select twitter-alligator.zip.
  5. Click “Install Now” button.
  6. If the upload is successful, you should see a “Activate Plugin” link. Click that link.

Second Method

  1. Extract the contents of twitter-alligator.zip.
  2. Move or copy the extracted folder named “twitter-alligator” to your WordPress site’s plugins folder (wp-content/plugins). If site is already online, you’ll need an FTP client to move the files from you computer to the server.
  3. In your WordPress site’s admin panel, go to Plugins.
  4. Look for “Twitter Alligator” in the list and click “Activate”.

IMPORTANT STEP:

Recently, Twitter has deprected the old version of their API. Also, public access to tweets have already been disabled. In order for this plugin to work, you must now supply several API keys. After installing Twitter Alligator, please do the following:

  1. Go to Tools > Twitter Alligator.
  2. Read the instructions on how to get your Twitter API keys.
  3. Once you have the keys, fill-out the form below the instructions.

How to Set-up the Widget

  1. In your WordPress site’s admin panel, go to Appearance > Widgets.
  2. From the “Available Widgets” list, look for “Twitter Alligator”.
  3. Drag the item from the “Available Widgets” list to one of the widget areas on the right side of the screen.
  4. Once the widget is on one of the widget areas, a form will display. Fill-up this form with the following information:
    1. Title – Title of the widget that will appear as heading. This is common for most WordPress widgets.
    2. Users – The user IDs of the Twitter accounts whose statuses you want to display. One user ID should appear on each line.
    3. Number of Tweets per User – The limit of recent “tweets” to display per user in a set.
    4. Total Number of Tweets – Total number of tweets in a set.
    5. Date Format – The format of the date when the “tweet” was made. For format parameters, refer tothis page.
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  • Version: 1.3.0
    • It now uses Twitter API version 1.1.
    • It now uses JSON instead of XML for tweet data storage and transmission.
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