TwitterTwitter is the new thing on the internet. With it you can leave short updates about what you are up to and your followers will be updated. If you have a Twitter account and a Joomla site you may want to show your latest Twitter updates on it. Using our product AJAX Scroller you can show not only your own updates, but also the updates of all of your friends. And all of them can be loaded and browsed with no extra overhead. Here is how you do it.

  1. Download AJAX Scroller. There is a free trial available for testing.
  2. Install the module on your Joomla site. Doesn't matter which version you use, the same package will install and work both on Joomla 1.5 native and Joomla 1.0.
  3. After the installation go to the Module manager and edit the module to adjust its parameters. The images below show the optimal settings: AJAX Scroller params 1Important settings Type: select Twitter Max chars: limits the item text Max number of items: Limit number of displayed updates, set 0 for unlimited, in this case it will mean 20 as per Twitter API feed limits Display image: shows the Twitter profile image Max image width: resizes the profile image

     

    AJAX Scroller Params 2Important settingsTwitter timeline: select if you want to show only your own updates (user timeline) or also your friends updates (friends timeline), mentions of your username or search by keyword. Twitter username: enter your username on Twitter Twitter password: only needed if friends timeline selected Cache / Time: because Twitter limits number of API calls to max 100 per minute it's crucial to use caching. Select minimum of 60 seconds cache time. Otherwise Twitter may temporarily ban you and the module won't be able to connect.

     

  4. That's it. Save the module, publish it to selected position and it will display and smoothly scroll your Twitter updates. The updates will be pre-fetched asynchronously from cache and Twitter servers will be contacted as often as you specified.

Check out our DEMO site to see how it looks in action. You will see Twitter module working both for user timeline and friends timeline. If you need help with installation, styling and troubleshooting AJAX Scroller check out the FAQ and visit our Forums. Have fun with Twitter on your Joomla site!

Emir Sakic Emir is Electrical Engineer turned web developer, co-founder of Joomla and a former member of the core development teams of Joomla and its predecessor Mambo.

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