Twitter API Shortcodes

A plugin to add single tweets or twitter searches to your posts and pages using shortcodes

Author:Ryan J. Geyer (profile at
WordPress version required:2.9
WordPress version tested:3.0.5
Plugin version:0.0.3Alpha
Added to WordPress repository:13-12-2010
Last updated:06-06-2012
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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Twitter API Shortcodes (TAS for short) is currently in Alpha, and should not be considered at all stable! With that said please provide any feedback so we can make things better!

TAS allows you to put single tweets or entire twitter searches into your posts and pages using shortcodes. The tweets and searches are displayed in HTML markup, so the become "part" of your site, which is good for SEO.

The generated markup can be customized by putting a tweet.tpl (smarty template) file into your theme directory. This also means that theme authors can support this plugin directly.

Tweet templates assume that each tweet is in some block with the class 'status' (preferably a div like so


div class="status">), and that in that block, there is a block for images with the class 'images' (preferably a div like so


div class="images">)

All single tweets are cached in your local wordpress database, making performance ultra fast and reducing the number of requests necessary to the Twitter API.

Twitter searches can also be cached, allowing you to keep a history of that particular search. This is useful if you want to tweet about a particular event with a hash tag, then display all of your tweets for that event on a page, or in a post even after those tweets fall out of the twitter search index.