What is a Twitter Widget?

Learn how to embed a Twitter timeline on your website!

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Did you know you can embed a Twitter feed on your website or blog? Learn how to use Twitter Widgets. Getty Images/Bethany Clarke

Twitter has become the go-to source for real-time conversations of all types. While the platform is a great place to keep up with the news and updates from friends, it also serves as a platform for providers of products and services to connect with their audience. If you have a blog or a website, you probably already have a Twitter account that you use to notify people that an update has been posted, or to interact with your audience regarding other topics related to your business (if you don't have a Twitter account, sign up for one here).

But did you know that there's a way to embed your Twitter Timeline right into your blog or website?

What is a Twitter Widget?

A Twitter Widget is a feature provided by Twitter that enables an account-holder to easily create a interface that can be published on other websites. What is the benefit of this, you may ask? There's a few: For one, embedding a Twitter Widget onto your website enables your visitors to see the conversation  right there. It adds a source of content that changes frequently, making your website appear active and dynamic. It also reflects well on your brand — showing off your Twitter activity makes you appear active on social networks, gives the impression that you're being talked about, and shows that you are up to speed on technology and social media. Lastly, your Timeline will also contain content from people that you follow, giving you the ability to curate valuable content for your readers on topics related to your business.

 

The process to create a Twitter Widget is easy, and there are several options available which allow you to control exactly what content from Twitter you want to show on your website. You can display your entire Twitter Timeline, only items that you Favorite, content from a List that you own or are subscribed to, or even the results of a search — the results of a particular hashtag, for example.

Here's how to create a Twitter Widget:

1. Log in to your account on the Twitter website (not the mobile app)

2. Click on your profile photo at the top right, then click on "Settings"

3. Scroll down on until you see the "Widget" option on the left side, and click on it

4. Click on the "Create New" button on the top right

5. You will then have access to the "Widgets Configurator" and will be able to customize your Widget. The page you are presented with will allow you to enter a Twitter username, select whether you want replies to show up in your Widget box, and enable you to customize the display of a Widget containing your Twitter Timeline. Click on the links at the top to access the configuration panels for displaying Likes, Lists and Search result. 

6. Click the "Create Widget" button. You will then be presented with a box containing the code for your Widget. Copy it, and paste it into the code on your website or blog where you want to display it. If your blog is hosted on Wordpress, click here for instructions.

A Twitter Widget is a great way to add value to your website or blog, and Twitter makes it easy by providing a simple interface with a variety of customization options. For additional information on Twitter Widgets, visit the Twitter Help Center.

 

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 5/31/16