How to put a tweet into a post that people can interact with directly.

I know I have said it many times before, but I love wordpress. Not only is the tool itself awesome but there is a slew of developers constantly creating amazing plugins that make it so much better. Recently, twitter enabled fully-functional embedding of tweets which meant you could put a tweet on your page and people could actually interact with it. This is a huge step forward for social integration but there was one problem: you had to know (and understand) code pretty well to make it work. Enter wordpress developers…and out comes the Twitter Blackbird Pie plugin. Not only can you put a tweet into a post but you can make it retweet-able, reply-able and favorite-able!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download and install the Twitter Blackbird Pie plugin.
  2. Find the tweet you want to share and copy the url to the actual tweet. To do this, go to your tweet stream, find a tweet you want, then click on the time stamp directly under it. It will open that tweet in a new window. (I am sharing one I sent yesterday)
  3. Start writing a new post, when you get to where you want the tweet, press enter to go to a new line.
  4. Click the little blackbird in your toolbar (where the formatting tools are).
  5. Paste the url of the tweet you want into the box and click insert and…

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/#!/kirstenwright/status/58300162157707264"]

Now you have a tweet that people can interact with directly in your post.

Try it – click into the tweet, test it out, and see how it works!

This is an awesome option for sharing tweets that you liked – or sharing a tweet you want people to share after reading your post.

How can you see this working for you?

 

  • http://twitter.com/chuckgose Chuck Gose

    I used Blackbird Pie on a post I did to show off a Twitter “conversation” that took place between Jay Baer and me.

    http://gosestories.com/honey-i-shrunk-the-urls

    • Anonymous

      Awesome – love the use of the tool (not to mention the blog post idea :))

  • http://twitter.com/chuckgose Chuck Gose

    I used this to illustrate a Twitter conversation between Jay Baer and me.

    http://gosestories.com/honey-i-shrunk-the-urls

  • http://ariherzog.com Ari Herzog

    I don’t see it working for two reasons:

    1. If you didn’t tell me it was clickable, I would have thought it was an image.

    2. I am viewing this on your blog (where I can comment) but if I saw this via RSS or in an email message, I wonder if it would be any more obvious.

    • Anonymous

      1. What would make it easier to understand that you can interact with it? What would you suggest?

      2. In the RSS feed, it looks very similar, just without the background…

      I love the idea of the tool and would love to make it easier to understand how it can be used…help is always appreciated!

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