Have you become addicted to telling the world what you’re up to in 140 characters or less? If so, we’ve launched a feature that you’ll love: a Twitter widget for your sidebar.
Now you can quickly and easily keep your readers connected to your updates on Twitter, and make your blog the home of even more of your content. We use it on the WordPress news blog to let you know what’s going on with our @wordpressdotcom account.
All the links that you post to Twitter remain clickable in the widget, and your @ replies link to user profiles, like when you say, “Hey @photomatt!”. Hashtags link to Twitter Search for that term, like #wordpress. Timestamps link to the individual update, and the heading of the widget links back to your profile.
To add the Twitter widget to your WordPress.com blog, just head to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard. The brand new Twitter widget option is there waiting patiently for you.
Click “Add” to add it to your sidebar, and then click “Edit” to set your Twitter username and choose how many updates you’d like to display. No passwords needed.
Have more than one account on Twitter? No problem. You can add as many as you like! Just add another widget as you did before.
Update: We’ve released the Wickett Twitter Widget plugin for WordPress.org users.
incredible!! you did it again!!!
thanks so much!
It was only a matter of time – great!
@MountJoy – wow, I thought I was alone in using that trick! @Cat, yes, long over-due! @Heather – heading to blogging settings right now.
How often does the widget refresh the RSS feed? I added the widget to my sidebar, and it doesn’t seem to be picking up tweets I made over the last 30 minutes…
Thank you! Exactly what I wanted :)
Great, brava! :)
Wahoooza! The days of using RSS feed to show tweets on the WP blog are over!!!
Tks a ton.
wowie… soon the internet will be powered by wordpress.com! haha
Thanks WordPress! I’ve been wanting a Twitter widget for quite a while now. As usual, you’ve made it ridiculously easy to set it up and deploy. Thank you!!
The internet is boring. Knowing every surface detail about every person with a head shot and an opinion is boring. Why would I want to add to the boredom of the internet by combining boring blogs with boring microblog tools? If I remember my math, 2 negatives don’t make a positive.
Thanks, I love it :)
Thanks so much!
What a nice job! I really love it. ;)
چه کار خوبی! من خیلی دوستش دارم.
thts cool !!! I have been waiting for this….
This is awesome… Thanks
thank you! I’ve been waiting for this.
bring it on!
Cool! But I have no idea what Twitter is. :lol:
thats another wonderful feature thanks so much.
Yay, I so love that this is here now.
I kinda also love that I got to do it the old-fashioned way a couple of days ago when I set up my blog, but still!
Great job y’all.
nice – thanks :)
This is awesome! So much better (and less trouble) than setting up an RSS feed to show my twitter updates. Thanks!
As a newly baptized blogger, still learning the ropes, I’ll add Twitter to my ever-growing list of things to fathom out! No, seriously – loving every moment of it.
Any chance of a Plurk widget now?
Although, twitters playing up with me – grrr… it won’t load fast enough
This.is.huge. The new Twitter widget picked up my last tweet right away! Thank you WordPress.com peoples!
Yes finally thank you very much! :-)
OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH! This makes things so much nicer. Having that RSS icon next to my twitter title was KILLING ME!
have been waiting so long for this, thanks
Twitter widget is only updating IF I go into my widget settings & resave.
About time! I’ve been waiting for this forever!
TTTHHHHHHAAAAAANNNNKKKKKKKKK UUUUUU!!!!!!! AMAZING!
Thanks but how did you know I just started to twitter yesterday????
thank you!!! :D
great really great!!!
Thanks so much!!
I know this seems like a very basic question. I am still new at all this and excited to catch up.
Looking for the main benefit / reason of adding the twitter to my wordpress blog. I just signed up to twitter.
1. Does that mean when I add a status to my twitter, the widget on my blog will show it?
2. When I post on my blog, will it show it automatically on the status of my twitter? If not, do I just cut and paste my link from the blog to my twitter status.
Obviously my goal is to get more traffic to my blog.
Thank you for this information…. I really wanted this…..
Looks good! Suggestion: put a link “View profile” in bottom of updates ;)
Sweet! I was just looking into this today! Thanks!
Thanks for the new feature :)
My last twitter post was moaning that I couldn’t add twitter to wordpress and lo!
Nick, Thanks for the responses, – I am getting there, one inch at a time. :)
I am still not seeing the main purpose of the widget?
1. What is the benefit of my blog readers seeing my status update on twitter?
2. If I put a link of my post on twitter status, it would show on my widget on the post?
Is this one of those moments that the answer is so basic that I am missing it?
very nice addition. Thanks wordpress.
What a great idea!
Wordpress + twitter = ; )
FINALLY!! just too bad my current theme doesn’t support widgets. dang it!
FINALLY! I’ve been tryin’ to do this like forever, lol. That’s great! Thank you so so much! =)
Fantastic! When will this be added to stand alone versions of WP as a native plugin?
Will there be an identi.ca widget?
Ha! I’ve already been doing it through RSS, but let me see what this one’s about…
Excellent! I used an RSS feed to post my tweets but this is much cleaner – and so easy! Thanks :)
@Nick. Related to “Updates are cached for 15 minutes before checking Twitter again.” I’m at 18 minutes right now.
@Nick. The former.
I love this thanks! But my widget isn’t updating either with my latest Tweet….. it’s been at least 3 hours.
I’m sure you’ll get the bugs worked out – thank you again so much!
You are awesome
Well mine got to 3hrs & I had to again save widgets to see updates that I had made in that time period. Maybe my cache needs a sweep through too…
Gotcha. I just updated at 8:41 your time.
this is nice. :) but i hope you make the interface better. anyway, good job! :)
Works beautifully! Thank you!
Looks spectacular on my Prologue Theme blog; ‘shanbhaglabs.wordpress.com’
Not as good on my main blog using the Mistylook Theme!
But infinitely better than using the RSS widget.
Oh yes! I have been waiting for that!!!!!
Hey Nick thanks for the update. Your awesome :)
Bravo! I love WordPress.
Yes…..10 out of 10.
Thanks Nick. I’m going to try.
you know what is bad…
yay… thx for providing this feature ^^