How to preserve deleted Tweets in WordPress?

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HTML code of an iFrame.

I like quoting people’s Tweets in my blog posts. But, sometimes, people delete their Tweets. This blog post examines two questions. How to preserve Tweets in blog posts that they are still readable even after the user deletes them. Whether this is morally acceptable behaviour. Let’s tackle the easy question first. Preserving Tweets Using the…

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Introducing – On This Day in Twistory

by @edent | # # # | 3 comments | Read ~297 times.
A list of columns with Tweets in them.

One of the things I loved about Facebook was its “On This Day” feature. There’s something delightful about seeing what nonsense you were talking about on this day a decade ago. Twitter doesn’t have anything like that. So I built it. Introducing – Twistory.ml Stick your @ name in, hit the big button, and you’ll…

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Reflections on “30 Predictions for Twitter”

by @edent | # # # | 7 comments | Read ~175 times.
The Twitter logo drawn in circles.

It’s always fun to look back at the predictions ancient man made about life in the future. 11 years ago today, Loïc Le Meur wrote 30 predictions for the future of Twitter (archive.org of the original). This is a non-snarky look at those predictions. Not to ridicule his ideas, but to understand the errors made…

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That Time I Accidentally Invented Twitter

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A proposal to micro-blog via text.

A curio from the archives. Waaaaaay back in 2003, I was working at Vodafone on their graduate training scheme. One of their fancy new ideas was a crowd-sourced employee suggestion box for new business proposals. As an eager young grad I submitted dozens of ideas. Most of them were crap. But, as I looked back…

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Staking Claims with Scheduled Tweets

by @edent | # # | 6 comments | Read ~2,517 times.
The Twitter logo.

Twitter has a nifty new feature which allows you to schedule the publication of a Tweet. But, crucially, it doesn’t let the reader know when the message was originally written. How can you, as a publisher, prove that you wrote a scheduled Tweet at a specific time? Here’s one method. Write a Tweet which contains…

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More Phishers On Twitter

by @edent | # # # # # | 4 comments | Read ~1,082 times.
A Twitter exchange. Virgin ask Dom for his address - which he gives. Then they ask for his full credit card details. He refuses.

My mate Dom was moaning to his ISP on Twitter. They sent him a private message so they could look into his account. Blimey! Thankfully, that was a pretty brazen and inept attempt at phishing. Anyone asking for all your card details like that should set the alarm bells ringing. Of course, phishers often target…

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OMG! Twitter release an OFFICIAL conversations API!

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments | Read ~484 times.
An organic, branching tree view of a conversation.

One of the most requested Twitter API features is now available – the ability to get replies to a Tweet as a thread. Long time readers know that I’ve long been a fan of Visualising Twitter Conversations in 2D Space. But up until now you had to use horrible hacks to get the data. As…

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Building an “On This Day” site for your Twitter Account

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments | Read ~126 times.
Several columns of Tweets. Each one from a previous year.

I wanted to see what I was Tweeting on this exact day last year. And all the years before. So I built a website! It’s a disgusting hack, and I’m truly sorry for unleashing it on you. Using the API You can’t. The Twitter search API only goes back 7 days. This whole idea would…

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PGP Sign Your Twitter Messages

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Message saying "Read alt text for PGP sig".

I’m not sure if I’m the first person to do this – but I’m going to claim credit anyway! Hello! This Tweet has been signed with my PGP Key. pic.twitter.com/ed4rcldlvw — Terence Eden (@edent) May 14, 2020 You can verify by pasting the alt text into keybase.io/verify – or by using your favourite command line…

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Finding your most popular Tweets

by @edent | # # # | 1 comment
The Twitter logo drawn in circles.

Twitter’s search interface has all sorts of lovely and obscure options. My three favourites are “min_retweets:”, “min_replies:”, and “min_faves:” Using those filters, you can create a search for Tweets which meet a certain threshold. For example, here are my Tweets which have been liked more than 500 times: twitter.com/search?q=from:edent min_faves:500 Here are the ones which…

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