Twitter Mentions as Comments does exactly what it promises to do – scours Twitter for people talking about your blog posts and silently inserts their Tweets alongside your existing comments. The plugin leverages the power of WordPress’s built-in commenting system – notification, comment moderation, author white/black listing – making Twitter an extension of your blog.
- Searches for Tweets linking to your blog posts, regardless of the URL shortener used (using Twitter’s Search API)
- Pushes Tweets into WordPress’s existing comment workflow – notifications, comment moderation, and author whitelists/blacklists work just like any other comment
- Fetches user’s real name and profile picture and links directly to the original Tweet
- Checks automatically – no need to do a thing
- Option to automatically exclude ReTweets
- Option to store tweets as trackbacks/B
- Option to specify which posts to check (e.g., 10 most recent posts, all posts, front page only)
- Smart Caching of Tweets and user data – retrieves only what it needs to save on API calls and server load
- Dynamic resizing of Twitter profile images to fit WordPress theme
- Prioritization of newer posts
- OAuth Authentication to raise API limit (currently unlimited Tweets, but limited to 150 new comment authors per hour)
- Smarter API throttling
Looking to filter out a particular user or keyword? Because Tweets go through the normal comment filter, you can just blacklist them as described below.
Update (7/8): Comments have been closed in favor of expanded support and discussion options. Additional documentation about the project can now be found in the Project Wiki. If you are interested in joining the project at any level of technical expertise, please see How to Contribute.
Ben Balter is a Senior Manager of Product Management at GitHub, the world’s largest software development network, where he oversees the platform’s Community and Safety efforts. Named one of the top 25 most influential people in government and technology, Fed50’s Disruptor of the Year, and winner of the Open Source People’s Choice Award, Ben previously served as GitHub’s Government Evangelist, leading the efforts to encourage government at all levels to adopt open source philosophies for code, data, and policy development. More about the author →