Adding a Twitter Feed

For those out there who use Twitter, we have now installed a WordPress plugin to allow for your Twitter feed to be added to the sidebar of your blog. The steps to set this up, unfortunately, are a little complicated. Most of it involves changes in your Twitter account itself. Here are the steps:

  1. From your blog Dashboard, go to Appearance -> Widgets.twitter_widget
  2. Drag the ‘Really Simple Twitter’ Widget to somewhere on your list of ‘Primary Widget Area’ widgets. A big screen of options and fields will appear:
  3. Click on the link at the top for ‘creating your Twitter Application’.
  4. You will be prompted to log into your Twitter account.
  5. Once you are logged in, you should have an option to ‘Create a New Application’. Click on that.
  6. Fill out the form, and submit it. What you name your application doesn’t matter at all.
  7. Once you’ve created your Twitter application, look for the fields labeled ‘consumer key’ and ‘consumer secret’. Copy-paste these into your WordPress plugin settings.
  8. Click on ‘Create My Access Token’ at the bottom of the page to have your Twitter application generate the ‘access token’ and ‘access token secret’ fields. Copy-paste these into your WordPress plugin settings.
  9. Finally, fill in your Twitter username in the plugin settings, and save the widget. When you view your blog, your Twitter feed should now appear!
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