Embed Tweets In Your Articles

Twitter Media recently published a blog post showing us a pretty cool tool called Blackbird Pie. It helps online publisher and bloggers embed tweets in a post or article. I figured I would give it a try and show you how to use this tool too.

 

Step 1: Ok, you just read a Tweet that drive you to write or confirms a suspecision. Any good writer is going to want to capture that Tweet and place it within their article or blog post. Up until now you either hyperlinked it or inserted a screen capture of the Tweet. Blackbird Pie is going to save you a whole lot of time. Now Right-click on the time and date stamp for the Tweet and select "Copy link location". You will need the Tweet URL to get started.

Step 2: Goto http://media.twitter.com/blackbird-pie/. Paste in the URL you just copied. Click on "Bake It"

Step 3: Now, select all the code in the box below and copy it. (Tip: Place your curser anywhere in the generated code box and press "CTRL A" then "CRTL C")

Step 4: Head over to your editor and create a new article or post. (For this demonstration I am using Joomla with the FCKEditor.) Click on the source button (or HTML tab in WordPress) and paste in (CTRL V) the copied code.

Step 5: Switch back to your visual editor to make sure placement is correct. What you should see is below: 

.bbpBox{background:url(http://a1.twimg.com/profile_background_images/8612818/TwitterBackground1.jpg) #EBEBEB;padding:20px;}p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px}p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6}p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px}p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px}p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block}

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As mentioned by Twitter Media, this tool is not finished and could potentially lead to errors. I hope they keep working on this. It is as easy to use as embedding a YouTube video.

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