Update Twitter From your Blog If you are Logged InWritten by Mark Sanborn: Aug 28, 2008
I don’t want to have to login to Twitter all the time to do updates. So what I made was a script that displays a small text box near my twitter updates on my blog when I am logged in. This is handy because not only does is display your tweets it also gives you an opportunity to update them while you are working on a blog post or just browsing around checking your own blog.
The Perl Script
I am using Perl to update my twitter status but you could just as easily use PHP and cURL. So this part could be modified if you would rather do it that way. In my opinion this is far easier though.
You can do this by executing the following line in your shell:
Then make a file called twitterUpdate.pl somewhere outside your web directory and copy this code in adding your Twitter username and password.
#!/usr/bin/perl use lib qw( /home/username/perlmods/lib/perl/5.8 /home/username/perlmods/lib/perl/5.8.4 /home/username/perlmods/share/perl/5.8 /home/username/perlmods/share/perl/5.8.4 ); use Net::Twitter; use JSON::Any; my $twit = Net::Twitter->new(username=>'YOURUSERNAME', password=>'YOURPASSWORD' ); $result = $twit->update("$ARGV");
Then add these lines to your blog’s template:
<?php global $user_ID; if ($user_ID) : ?> <?php if (current_user_can('level_10')) : ?> <form method="post" action="processTwitter.php"> <input type="text" name="tweet" style="float:left;margin-left:3px;" /> <input type="submit" /> </form> <?php else : ?> <?php endif; ?> <?php endif; ?>
This will add a text box and submit button only if you logged in and have administrative rights.
Here is what the end result can look like…
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