How To: Automatically Import Tweets to WordPress in a Category
If you would like to import tweets into your WordPress site and save them as posts, I found a new free plugin yesterday called Twitter2Posts which will do exactly that. You can choose a category for these to be saved into, I like the idea of this – it could be used for a side-blog or latest news section of your site, or simply to just have a more permanent record of your twitterings! In this post we’ll take a look at how to install and configure this plugin.
Install The Plugin
Download the plugin and then in your WordPress admin, visit “Plugins” > “Add New” > “Upload” and upload the file.
Once it is uploaded, click “Activate” under the plugin.
Configure the Plugin
The first thing you need to do is make sure that your WordPress site is using the correct time where you are, to do this visit “Settings” >”General Settings” and choose your time zone from the drop down :
Hit “Save” and then visit “Settings” > “Twitter2Posts” on this settings screen you can enter your twitter username, a category name for the tweets to go into and choose a refresh delay – depending on how often you tweet.
Click “Save & Sync” and the plugin will run and import your last 20 tweets – these will use the post format of status so if your theme supports that you will see them like that, if not will just be as regular posts. Visit your site and you will see the imported tweets like so :
I liked this plugin – does exactly what it needs to and no more. A criticism would be the settings page – its rather elaborate with image background and other styling, this is not needed – just make it match the WordPress UI and it would be a lot more elegant. Bringing tweets into a personal blog in the main feed is a good idea as tweets gets lost once posted – this is a way to have a permanent record of them on your own blog. Could also be used on business site for short updates or statuses for customers.