16 Dec 2009

Blog Tweets: New Plugin Pulls Tweets into IntenseDebate

Our Plugins API is seeing a lot of activity now, and we’re pleased to announce the release of the new Blog Tweets plugin.  Developed by Vivek Puri, the Blog Tweets plugin uses LinksAlpha to aggregate Tweets linking to your blog post in your IntenseDebate comments section.  Blog Tweets will show up to 20 Tweets in your comments section – pretty cool!

Aggregating Tweets linking to your blog can help provide a more holistic view of the conversation going on about your posts.  This has been a popular feature request, and we’re really excited about Vivek’s work.

About the plugin:

When you activate the plugin, LinksAlpha.com indexes your blog feed and scours Twitter for related Tweets that link back to your post. This includes Tweets that link to your post using URL shortening services like bit.ly.

There is a 5-10 minute period for your post to be indexed by LinksAlpha, which means there will be a slight delay for Tweets to start showing up in your comments section.

Also, when the plugin hits the Twitter API it is likely that Twitter will only return results for recent posts, so Tweets about your older posts won’t necessarily show up.

All Tweets are displayed just below the comment section under the header, “Social Trackbacks,” so Tweets won’t interrupt the comment stream.

Like all IntenseDebate plugins, adding advanced features to your comment section is a piece of cake: just visit your Plugins Page at http://intensedebate.com/plugins, and select “Activate” next to the plugin. That’s all! There’s no additional code for you to manually install, so there’s no need to get your hands dirty messing around with your template.

Please keep in mind that activating plugins for your IntenseDebate comments means that additional code will be loading in your comments section, which may impact load times (especially if you’re running loads of our cool plugins 😉 ).

Interested in flexing your own coding muscles and developing a super-slick plugin? Check out our Plugin Resources and documentation. You can also check out our Plugins blog post for more information.

Posted by Michael Koenig in features

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  1. I've been using this one for a while and it's awesome! 😉 Thanks.

    Comment by Rafael Fischmann — December 16, 2009 @ 6:04 pm
  2. Glad to hear it! Thanks for testing it out.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — December 16, 2009 @ 6:10 pm
  3. Rafael, Thanks for using the plugin.

    Comment by vivpuri — December 18, 2009 @ 6:24 pm
  4. Hey vivpuri,

    This is Chris from GrassrootsPA.com

    Did you get a chance to figure out the issue with IE and the plugin?

    Can't wait to get it to work!
    My recent post Marino Meets With NRCC About Possible Carney Challenge…

    Comment by Chris — December 18, 2009 @ 9:49 pm
  5. Ha. Funny that you asked. Just replied to Michael. Looked at it yesterday and could not find anything. Plan to give another try today or tomorrow.

    Comment by vivpuri — December 18, 2009 @ 9:56 pm
  6. Comment by Chris — December 18, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
  7. Cool. Just FB messaged you my email. 🙂
    My recent post Marino Meets With NRCC About Possible Carney Challenge…

    Comment by Chris — December 18, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
  8. Installed it, but not sure if its working yet..
    My recent post Puzzlegeddon Makes It’s Way to XBLA Tomorrow

    Comment by DaKing240 — December 16, 2009 @ 6:08 pm
  9. I've encountered a bit of a delay for tweets to show up in my testing. This plugin is highly dependent on the API's of Twitter, bit.ly and other URL shortening services, and API calls might fail due to any number of reasons.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — December 16, 2009 @ 6:16 pm
  10. Sorry for the off-topic, but it's not too much: any news on the Comment Translate plugin bug? It's still disabled over here because of that blank page issue in WebKit browsers.

    Comment by Rafael Fischmann — December 16, 2009 @ 6:16 pm
  11. No news yet from the plugin developer. I'll keep you posted.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — December 16, 2009 @ 6:17 pm
  12. Cheers, Mike. 🙂

    Comment by Rafael Fischmann — December 16, 2009 @ 6:23 pm
  13. I'll look into this when I get the chance.

    Comment by Ron Bailey — December 16, 2009 @ 10:24 pm
  14. Offtopic

    Ive emailed many times bout the translation thing going on no response never.
    When wil the dutch translation be finished whats the status?
    50% done 80% done?

    thanks in advance for an answer

    Comment by anonymous — December 17, 2009 @ 2:31 pm
  15. Dutch translation is stalled at 50% right now. We'd love your help translating. Please email me at labs@intensedebate.com and we'll get you setup. Thanks!

    Comment by Michael Koenig — December 17, 2009 @ 9:03 pm
  16. […] Blog Tweets: New Plugin Pulls Tweets into IntenseDebate […]

    Pingback by links for 2009-12-17 — December 17, 2009 @ 10:01 pm
  17. I activated the plugin several days ago for offbeatbride.com, and am still not seeing any tweets displayed on posts that tweetmeme says have multiple tweets. I feel cursed!! 😦

    Comment by OffbeatAriel — December 20, 2009 @ 11:34 pm
  18. Can you provide links? Do you know which URL shortening services they're using? Current services that are supported are: bit.ly, tinyurl, ow.ly, tr.im, cli.gs, short.ie, migre.me, ff.im, su.pr, is.gd, j.mp, snipurl, wp.me.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — December 21, 2009 @ 5:11 pm
  19. I spoke too soon — it appears to be resolved. That said, any way to have the Social Trackbacks appear ABOVE the comment entry field?
    My recent post Your new favorite wedding video, featuring singing puppets

    Comment by OffbeatAriel — December 21, 2009 @ 6:19 pm
  20. No support for flic.kr/ ?

    Comment by Kinoa — January 7, 2010 @ 9:46 am
  21. What type of flickr support are you interested in?

    Comment by michael — January 8, 2010 @ 9:56 pm
  22. Sorry, forget about that, these links (flic.kr) cannot be used for a post, so it is of no use for this plugin…

    Comment by Kinoa — January 11, 2010 @ 9:11 am
  23. We do support img tags so you can use flickr links to add an image to a comment. They're disabled by default, so you'll need to enable them in your blog settings at http://intensedebate.com/edit-site-comments/ .

    Comment by Michael Koenig — January 12, 2010 @ 9:41 pm
  24. […] Blog Tweets: New Plugin Pulls Tweets into IntenseDebate […]

    Pingback by BlogBuzz December 26, 2009 — December 26, 2009 @ 10:05 am

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