My New Twitter Service

by gxd5
34 replies
***** UPDATE THREE *****

If you are using this widget as a way to say thank you to your followers, or as a way to generate social proof on your web site, it is a good idea to let your followers know about the widget.

So, I added a Retweet feature so that the application can notify your followers when you generate a widget. This way, your followers can find out what a nice person you are for linking to them, and you don't have to toot your own horn.





***** UPDATE TWO *****

Here is a video showing the widget:



***** UPDATE *****

There are now TWO (2) Widgets. The first one displays people that you are following. The second one displays the people following you. Both are HTML based. Both are FREE. And both have benefitted from feedback from this forum.

In fact, the second tool was built BECAUSE OF feedback in this thread. I hope you find these tools useful, and look forward to any suggestions you might have for improvements or other twitter tools.

***** UPDATE *****

Twitter Friends Widget
This widget displays the people that you are following. The widget is super simple to use. Just type in your twitter name, click 'Get Code', then copy and paste the code into your web site, profile, blog, etc.

Twitter Followers Widget
This widget displays the people that are following YOU. This widget was created based on feedback in this thread.

It has a bunch of features, like selecting the number of followers to display, customizing widget size, toggling nofollow, and toggling img alt tags.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daragh
    Great idea, but I noticed one mistake. The heading in the box is "My Followers", but in fact the avatars shown are the people I follow, not my followers.

    I'd prefer it to actualy show my followers than change the heading to "I Follow".
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    • Profile picture of the author gxd5
      Ah, that was my mistake. I wanted the boxes to be identical. I changed it so that it reads "Following" just like the Twitter box. Thanks so much for spotting that!
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  • Profile picture of the author entercircleb
    Great idea, is this self updating?
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    • Profile picture of the author gxd5
      Thanks for the replies

      @Daragh @rahmat

      Thanks for the feedback, I will look at creating one for followers when I get back from training tonight.

      @entercircleb

      This version is not self updating. I have a self updating version, but it requires SQL server, CRON, and ColdFusion. If you have those things, let me know and I can help you set it up.
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      • Profile picture of the author sailorgil
        Very nice, and I love the price..
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        http://www.howtocreateyourownebook.com

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        • Profile picture of the author gxd5
          Update! I almost have a working version for displaying your followers. I will try to release it tonight.

          Now that I know how to use the Twitter API, I think I will make more apps with it. Are there any requests?

          @sailorgil

          No quantity limit either
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          • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
            I just tried popping the code in a widget but it doesn't appear to be working.

            Did I miss something? Does it take time to kick in?

            Thanks,

            Jill
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          • Profile picture of the author mmoconnor
            Originally Posted by gxd5 View Post

            Update! I almost have a working version for displaying your followers. I will try to release it tonight.

            Now that I know how to use the Twitter API, I think I will make more apps with it. Are there any requests?

            @sailorgil

            No quantity limit either
            I would really love a widget that displayed my followers and each pic would link to the URL in my follower's Twitter profile. I think that would be such a great way to say "thank you" to everyone who has chosen to follow me.

            There was a widget like this written by a guy who doesn't keep up his blog and it is in use on a few neglected blogs that I have been able to track down but none of the people involved respond to my inquiries. Here is one of them: blogs DOT yain DOT com (You might not be able to get it to load.)

            It would be very cool if the widget to enabled me to choose how many followers to display and displayed that many randomly.

            Thanks for all your hard work and for your amazing generosity!
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            • Profile picture of the author gxd5
              Originally Posted by mmoconnor View Post

              I would really love a widget that displayed my followers and each pic would link to the URL in my follower's Twitter profile. I think that would be such a great way to say "thank you" to everyone who has chosen to follow me.

              There was a widget like this written by a guy who doesn't keep up his blog and it is in use on a few neglected blogs that I have been able to track down but none of the people involved respond to my inquiries. Here is one of them: blogs DOT yain DOT com (You might not be able to get it to load.)

              It would be very cool if the widget to enabled me to choose how many followers to display and displayed that many randomly.

              Thanks for all your hard work and for your amazing generosity!
              I am working on this right now. I couldn't do random images with HTML, but I could do that with Flash or Flex. Maybe that will be the next enhancement. Give me a few, and I'll have follower version up!
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  • Profile picture of the author gxd5
    @Jill
    Hmm.. maybe you didn't paste all the code? Try using CTRL+A then CTRL+C to copy the code.

    I tried it for you, and it seemed to work:

    http://scroll.tv/test.html

    Maybe I should make the text get automatically highlighted when it is generated?

    Also, some of the mini-thumbnails are not working right. I will see if the API version can fix that. I am working on finishing the follower version right now, so I will take a look at this after that.

    Thanks Jill!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by gxd5 View Post

      @Jill
      Hmm.. maybe you didn't paste all the code? Try using CTRL+A then CTRL+C to copy the code.

      I tried it for you, and it seemed to work:

      http://scroll.tv/test.html

      Maybe I should make the text get automatically highlighted when it is generated?

      Also, some of the mini-thumbnails are not working right. I will see if the API version can fix that. I am working on finishing the follower version right now, so I will take a look at this after that.

      Thanks Jill!
      Sending you link to blog where I put it (pm). The top is displaying, but not the peeps.
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  • Profile picture of the author gxd5
    @Jill

    Just FYI, I noticed that the two mini-thumbnails that are not working right on the widget are also not displaying on your Following box in Twitter. So, it looks like that is an issue with twitter.

    I might be able to fix that on my end with some client side javascript, but I"m not sure I want to start debugging Twitter's code for them

    Just wanted to let you know!
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  • Profile picture of the author gxd5
    Okay, the new widget is done! I call it the Twitter Followers Widget. You can get it here:

    Twitter Followers Widget

    This widget will display a list of YOUR FOLLOWERS. It is a lot more complicated than the twitter friends widget I made earlier. Here are some notes:

    - First, you have to enter your twitter login and password. There is no other way to get the info. NONE OF YOUR INFO IS STORED!!! I don't track it at any point, and as soon as it is used, it disappears. Your info is only used to get your followers. I NEVER STORE YOUR INFO, EVER.

    - You can set the following attributes:

    *Widget Width -> How wide the widget is

    *Display # of Friends -> How many friends do you want to show? Max is 100

    *Nofollow links? -> If you select "Yes", then rel="nofollow" is added to the pic links. This may help you to preserve link juice.

    *Image Alt Text? -> If you pick "Yes", then an alt tag of the person's name will be added to the image. This makes non-visible images show up better. If you pick "No", there will be no alt text. This makes the widget smaller.

    I hope you all enjoy these widgets and find my work valuable useful! Thank you for your suggestions, and please continue to provide comments!
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  • Profile picture of the author mmoconnor
    Thanks so much! It works great and looks real nice on my blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author MommyEnterprises
    Very cool!
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  • Profile picture of the author flnz400
    Nice work, and thank you!

    I like the friends widget, but it seems twitter is slow at updating the "following" when not logged in. No issue on your part obviously, they're just slow. lol

    So, the second version links to the tweet profile url listed, not the twitter home page?
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  • Profile picture of the author gxd5
    The second version just displays the followers inside of a div tag. I didn't make it link back to the main profile. It wouldn't be hard to modify. Do you think I should?

    Also, regarding open auth, I hadn't thought about integrating that. Thanks for the link!
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  • Profile picture of the author wtfdaemon
    Pretty sweet stuff, man... works exactly as promised... if you develop/release a more dynamic version, what tech would you use (Flash or equivalent?)?
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    • Profile picture of the author gxd5
      @WTFDaemon

      The next step would definitely require a databae and something like Flex or Ajax. Which is considerably more difficult.

      But, if you read this thread, you can see that I built the followers widget based on feedback from users like Daragh, Eric Reed, and MMoconner.

      So, if you have good ideas for additional features, let me know!
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  • Profile picture of the author gxd5
    @Traffic Bug

    Thanks! Let me know how it works for you
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Davidson
      Hey thanks for that' it looks a great little tool to provide social proof!

      I must get my twitter act together before its too late!

      Many thanks

      paul
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  • Profile picture of the author gxd5
    @Paul Davidson

    Thanks for the feedback! If you have any questions about Twitter, hit me up. I've been fairly successful with it, and I'd be glad to help you get started
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  • Profile picture of the author gxd5
    ***** UPDATE April 07 4:54pm *****

    If you are using this widget as a way to say thank you to your followers, or as a way to generate social proof on your web site, it is a good idea to let your followers know about the widget.

    So, I added a Retweet feature so that the application can notify your followers when you generate a widget. This way, your followers can find out what a nice person you are for linking to them, and you don't have to toot your own horn.

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  • Profile picture of the author haohaowan2
    very cool! thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author gxd5
    @haohaowan2

    Thanks a lot Im glad you can use it.

    @proapc

    Great idea! I will look into it right now.
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