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Embedding Tweets with Blackbird Pie

Posted by danblog on February 10, 2011 in How Tos & Tutorials, Twitter |

Many blogs will often reference and embed tweets within their articles. Often they do this by simply taking a screenshot of the tweet. However there are some cool tools for embedding the tweets in good old HTML, which brings with it some good benefits; such as maintaining the links and references, enabling visitors to easily click through.

One of my favourite of the tools I have looked at is “Blackbird Pie” developed by @Robinsloan and hosted on Twitter.com. The tool enables you to simple enter the URL for the tweet which it converts to some shiny HTML which you can then paste in.

Example:

Time to do some work and do some blogging! 🙂less than a minute ago via Proxlet

Based on the Blackbird Pie tool there is also a very handy Blackbird Pie WordPress Plugin which enables easy integration so all you need to do to embed tweets is add ‘[blackbirdpie id=”35794693342101504”]’ or you can use the full URL ‘[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/dansgalaxy/status/35794693342101504”]’

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/dansgalaxy/status/35794693342101504″]

While there is little difference between them I do prefer the WordPress widget, seems to look just a little bit nicer and easier to use when writing posts. It also has the added benefit that it isn’t effected by WordPress constantly trying to remove the style tags, which can prove rather irritating when writing a post with them in…

I am as always keen to hear what you guys think! So leave a comment below on which you prefer, or if you have found an even better way to embed tweets in your own sites and posts.

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