Finding the right tool(s) for integrating Twitter with my blog has been a little less than perfect. I’ve been using Twitter Tools for a couple of months now, and the features and interface are great, but it isn’t entirely dependable. Sometimes I make a blog entry, and it doesn’t announce that to my Twitter account. Sometimes I make a Twitter post, and it doesn’t pick it up for my blog’s sidebar. There’s no apparent rhyme or reason as to when it does or doesn’t work, and while the interface has a button for manual updates, that sort of defeats the purpose.
The one thing it does do faithfully is its “experimental” feature of creating a weekly blog post of my Twitter archives for that week. Go figure.
So I’ve made some changes in the name of dependability. I’ve turned off everything in Twitter Tools except the weekly archive and am now using TwitPress to do blog post announcements to my Twitter account and Twitter for WordPress to display Twitter posts in my blog’s sidebar. Both of these plugins have a five-star rating at WordPress.org; Twitter Tools has slightly less than four stars.
We’ll see how this division of labor works out.
If you decide to follow suit on any of these recommendations, note that once installed, Twitter Tools shows up under “Settings,” TwitPress under “Tools,” and Twitter for WordPress under “Appearance -> Widgets.” Also note that to make TwitPress display permalinks correctly with WP 2.7, you’ll need to edit one line of code. (If you “don’t know from permalinks,” that line can go unedited.)