Twitter has become a part of my life now. It has transformed from a plain old ‘what am I doing?’ status updates to my hub of everyday activities. Sort of my personal portal to the Internet, if you will.
I use Twitter
- to network with fellow bloggers
- find up-to-date information on breaking news
- to follow interesting personalities & draw inspiration/motivation from them (like my buddy @MattJabs)
- share the tons of interesting links I come across that will take too much time to blog about
- keep myself up to date with certain interests without flooding my feed reader
- and sometimes just to have fun
With the recent blog re-design, I also wanted to find my readers on Twitter. Some of you I follow and converse on Twitter might have found me though this blog. But, I am sure there are still a lot of you I probably don’t know or interact on Twitter.
That’s why I fell in love with this WordPress plugin – WP-Twitip-ID that let me integrate Twitter into the Comments section.
When you leave a comment here, you can also enter your Twitter ID and it will show up like this. I am going to be able to see that and follow you. So can the other readers.
Let’s see how to do this quickly.
Integrate Twitter ID into WordPress Comments
- Grab and install the WP-Twitip-ID WordPress Plugin
- Activate the WP-Twitip-ID plugin
- Go to the plugin Settings page
- Set where you want the Twitter ID field to appear. It defaults to after the url field and it is usually fine.
- Now edit your comments.php file to add the code where you want the Twitter ID to appear in the comments.
How I did it?
I opened up my comments.php and to add the Twitter ID field in the comment form, I added a line similar to the url field with the appropriate values after the line which displays the url field in the comment form.
Next, I found out where the date is displayed in the comment loop and added a line next to it to display the Twitter id.
If the styles don’t appear right, just make sure you are using the same class as your other input fields.
This is just a quick overview. You can get the various options, variables & juicy details here at the WP-Twitip-ID plugin page.