Following a request from several bloggers, a new widget enabling the display of tweets on an academic blog is now available.
Below is a selection of different adjustments that can be made to the widget.
1. Adjusting the main fields
The “Title” field lets you add a title to the widget. If you do not fill in this field, the title, “Recent tweets”, will be displayed by default.
The “Search Subject” field is indispensable. It is here that the subject of the tweets you wish to display is entered. The subject can be the name of a Twitter account, a tag (hashtag) or another search filter permitted by twitter. Consult the various filters and their operators here: https://twitter.com/#!/
To display tweets published on a specific twitter account, prefix the name of the account using the operator “from:”. For example, to display tweets from the @hypothesesorg account, you should enter from:hypothesesorg.
To display tweets from several accounts, you can use the operator “OR”. For example, to display tweets from the @hypothesesorg and @calendashs accounts, you should enter from:hypothesesorg OR from:calendashs.
You can also display tweets relating to a hashtag. For example, by entering the hashtag #hyporadar, tweets containing this label will appear in the widget.
To display tweets relating to several tags, use the operator OR. So, to display tweets relating to the hastags #hyporadar and #hyposlide, simply write: #hyporadar OR #hyposlide.
It is also possible to combine several different operators in order to display tweets from a specific account and references to this account.
2. Appearance adjustments
A series of colour options is also available. We advise you to select a background colour that doesn’t hinder reading and that contrasts sufficiently with the colour of the text.
The “Shell background” field corresponds to the upper and lower zones of the widget.
The “Tweet background” field corresponds to the background of the central part of the widget, where tweets appear.
The “Tweet font colour” field corresponds to the colour of the text.
b. Displaying tweets
The “Tweet to load” field enables you to establish the number of tweets you wish to display.
The “Refresh interval” field enables you to adjust the renewal interval of tweets.
The field “Show live tweet” enables you to adjust how the tweets scroll down. To reduce the number of tweets on display, select the “false” value in this field.
Once you have made your adjustments, don’t forget to save them!
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