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vBulletin Tweet Poster!
Mod Version: 1.0.6, by Milad (Coder) Milad is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (29 votes - 4.48 average) Installs: 353
Released: 17 Jun 2009 Last Update: 06 Aug 2009 Downloads: 2051
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Introduction & Description
It's amazing how twitter drives traffic to various websites around the web, so I thought it would be a very good idea to get advantage of it, because Twitter will bring us more traffic and more valuable registrations.

This add-on runs as a scheduled task every ten minutes, and posts the newly posted threads to twitter in the form:
Thread title - preview (if possible) - tiny or full URL.

Threads must be in forums viewable by guests, not private forums.

Features
  • 1.0.0
    • Post to twitter using OAuth authentication.
    • You have your own application at twitter, so the tweets will be appeared from your website name. Attachment 100694
    • Only guest-accessible stuff is posted at Twitter.
    • Integrated with bit.ly to shorten the thread URL, giving more space for title and preview.
    • Set it up once, and forget it. twitter's access token doesn't expire, unless you revoke the access permission.
  • 1.0.2
    • You can set from which forums the threads will be tweeted. (See the page where you edit the forum info and settings Attachment 100710)
    • vBSEO compatible (if available), so the URLs are rewritten before they get shortened. This will help to reduce the number of redirects as few as possible.
    • The task prints valuable information when you run it manually, to help you diagnose problems when they happen! Attachment 100725
  • 1.0.3
    • Non-Unicode forums can use the built-in conversion (to UTF-8) to abide by the requirement of twitter. Attachment 100687
    • You can disable the automatic tweeting function, and tweet threads manually right from the first postbit. with user group over which user group can tweet manually Attachment 100843 Attachment 100845
    • You can set threads from which user group will be tweeted. Attachment 100845
  • 1.0.5
    • Scheduled task: Post Hot threads.
    • Check port 443 on installation / upgrade.
    • The product can't be installed if cURL isn't complied into PHP.
    • Update forums / usergroups / permissions cache on successful authorization, to avoid problems with some admins, where caches don't get updated on upgrade!
    • strip_html from the preview text, for forums that enable HTML in posts.
    • Delete tweet if the thread is deleted.
    • Status Message Prefix. Attachment 100687
  • 1.0.6
    • Option: to remove URLs from preview text (enabled by default).
    • Option: to have only the thread title as a tweet without any part of the message.
    • Added form (in the footer) to allow admins to tweet from any page, right in their forums, with an option to disable it, also it's enabled only for super admins. Attachment 102934

How different is this from twitterfeed.com?
  • This hack is not intended to be an alternative to twitterfeed.com, however:
  • It may be safer than giving your Twitter-Login to twitterfeed.com (by redlabour)
  • Later, this hack will include more options so you have better control over what is posted at twitter. (like post only hot threads, or threads by certain usergroup, etc.)
  • You have your own application at twitter, so the tweets will be appeared from your website name, instead of any other service. Attachment 100694

Happy Users of This Product! contact me to add your twitter account.
Requirements
  • Mandatory:
    • vBulletin 3.8.0
    • PHP 5.2.3
    • cURL & OpenSSL compiled to your PHP installation.
    • Twitter account (I've created a dedicated account for my website @syrianmeds)
  • Optional (but recommended):
    • bit.ly account to shorten URLs.
    • Your forum's character set must be UTF-8 (required by twitter) or latin with no non-English characters. Alternatively, you can use the iconv built-in function to convert the encoding.

Installation
  1. Upload the files to their respective locations.
  2. Import the XML product file: product-twitterposter.xml
  3. *Optional* go to http://bit.ly/ and register an account there, you need it to shorten the URLs!
    There are two important values here: the login username and the apiKey (you can obtain it from http://bit.ly/account/)
    Attachment 100687
  4. Register your application at twitter. (You must be already registered as a regular member)
    https://twitter.com/oauth_clients/new
    Attachment 100688
    Pay attention to the Callback URL, it must point to the file twitterposter.php in your admincp, ex: http://www.yourdomain.com/forum/admincp/twitterposter.php
  5. After registering your application, twitter will provide two values to you (Consumer Key and Consumer Secret), keep them for use in the authorization later.
    Attachment 100689
  6. Go to vBulletin Tweet Poster -> Authorize.
  7. Enter the two values in there appropriate fields and submit (Attachment 100690). You will be given a link to twitter.com to authorize this hack (Attachment 100691) to post on your behave.
  8. You will be redirected to your admincp, and a "Hello World!" message will be posted to your twitter account.

Upgrade
  1. Upload the files to their respective locations.
  2. Import (Allow Overwrite: Yes!) the XML product file: product-twitterposter.xml
  3. Re-authorize the hack, to make sure everything works for you.

Troubleshooting
  • Q: I'm not seeing any updates after the one "#vBulletin Tweet Poster by http://services.milado.net/ Hello World! #testoauth".
    A: Please make sure that you have new threads in forums available to guests, otherwise the hack won't post anything.
    After that go to Admincp -> Scheduled Tasks -> Scheduled Task Manager, then find the task "vBulletin Tweet Poster" click run and see if there is any error displayed.
  • Q: I'm getting the error "Fatal error: Call to undefined function curl_init() in /home/investme/forums/includes/twitterposter/twitteroauth/twitterOAuth.php on line 126"
    A: That error says that you don't have cURL installed on your server. If you have a dedicated server/vps, install and compile curl, if you're on shared/reseller hosting, contact your host and ask if they can install cURL support. (thanks stapler2025 for answering on my behave)
  • Q: I receive the following error:

    Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
    Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

    A: You have to enable write & read for your application at twitter, so go here, edit your application access setting and request new consumer key and token. If it didn't work, please delete the application, add a new one and use my settings from the screen shots.

Credits
I've used the Twitter's OAuth library, by Abraham Williams | http://abrah.am | @abraham

Change log
  • 1.0.0 first public release (beta) Jun, 17th 2009
  • 1.0.1 (beta) Jun, 17th 2009
  • 1.0.2 (beta) Jun, 18th 2009
  • 1.0.3 (beta) Jun, 21th 2009
    • Implementation of iconv conversion for non-unicode forums.
    • Control threads by which usergroups will be posted to twitter.
    • Tweet threads in forums manually instead of it being automatic. Attachment 100843
  • 1.0.4 (beta) Jun, 22th 2009
    • Bug fixed: Manual tweeting doesn't show thread preview!
    • Bug fixed: Plugin overwrites the hook: $template_hook['postbit_controls']
  • 1.0.5 (beta) Jul, 23th 2009
    • Renamed function_twitterposter.php to functions_twitterposter.php
    • Moved some functions from functions_twitterposter.php to a new class in class_twitterposter.php (New PHP class is created, first step to move to OOP).
    • Canceled the redirection to twitter (on authorization), and replaced with a link opening in a new tab / window.
    • New scheduled task: Post Hot threads.
    • New: Check port 443 on installation / upgrade.
    • New: The product can't be installed if cURL isn't complied into PHP.
    • New: Update forums / usergroups / permissions cache on successful authorization, to avoid problems with some admins, where caches don't get updated on upgrade!
    • New feature: strip_html from the preview text, for forums that enable HTML in posts.
    • New feature: Delete tweet if the thread is deleted.
    • New feature: Status Message Prefix.
  • 1.0.6 (RC1) Aug, 6th 2009
    • Add phrase 'HOT:'.
    • Improve bit.ly class a bit.
    • Push the plug-in at hook (postbit_display_complete) to run lastly, to put the tweet button at the last.
    • Include an option to remove URLs from preview text.
    • Option: to have only the thread title as a tweet without any part of the message.
    • Added form (in the footer) to allow admins to tweet from any page, right in their forums, with an option to disable it, also it's enabled only for super admins. Attachment 102934
  • 1.0.7 (RC2) to be released.
    • Bug fixed: improperly cached template.
    • Bug fixed: Hot Threads Look up Time Span.
    • New feature: Include thread prefix in the tweet.

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  #406  
Old 15 Oct 2009, 14:22
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Originally Posted by Big-Pete View Post
I uninstalled this as i had to do a complete re install to get rid of a problem (Not related to this hack at all) and now i cannot reinstall it as i keep getting database errors, the error says duplicate column, So i deleted the tweet poster items in the database that were in the Forum, Thread and usergroup tables, but when I try to install it again i get the same errors, are these the only 3 tables that tweetposter uses..?
I think the cpnav XML file has some problems, re-upload it, and re-import the product.
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Old 15 Oct 2009, 14:29
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Originally Posted by Big-Pete View Post
I uninstalled this as i had to do a complete re install to get rid of a problem (Not related to this hack at all) and now i cannot reinstall it as i keep getting database errors, the error says duplicate column, So i deleted the tweet poster items in the database that were in the Forum, Thread and usergroup tables, but when I try to install it again i get the same errors, are these the only 3 tables that tweetposter uses..?
There is a field in the thread table called tweet_screen_name, drop it before re-install the product. un-installation code for this field was added in the next version.
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  #408  
Old 15 Oct 2009, 18:09
Big-Pete Big-Pete is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Milad View Post
There is a field in the thread table called tweet_screen_name, drop it before re-install the product. un-installation code for this field was added in the next version.

Milad, Thank you for that, I removed that field and it reinstalled ok..
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  #409  
Old 15 Oct 2009, 19:54
wtrk wtrk is offline
 
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hey, i want to add #myforumname to the end of my tweets from my forum. where do i edit the files to do that since its not an available option right now?
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  #410  
Old 15 Oct 2009, 20:03
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use the prefix to do this
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  #411  
Old 15 Oct 2009, 20:23
wtrk wtrk is offline
 
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oh i see.. i wasnt using the latest version. thanks.

Last edited by wtrk; 15 Oct 2009 at 21:05.
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  #412  
Old 17 Oct 2009, 12:13
Matt.AU Matt.AU is offline
 
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Installed. Awesome work mate. I have been testing this over the last hour and it does everything I was manually going to do plus more! (Hottest Threads)

Nommed MOTM
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  #413  
Old 17 Oct 2009, 19:23
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How do I increase the characters allowed in the title? That's all I tweet. I do not need a preview of the post. I want it to tweet the whole title but it cuts it off after 3-4 words. Please let me know what to edit to change it. Thanks.
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  #414  
Old 19 Oct 2009, 20:32
kamrul kamrul is offline
 
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My problem:For some reason, authorization failed! I don't know!
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  #415  
Old 21 Oct 2009, 14:12
blazin1 blazin1 is offline
 
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Question

Originally Posted by blazin1 View Post
How do I increase the characters allowed in the title? That's all I tweet. I do not need a preview of the post. I want it to tweet the whole title but it cuts it off after 3-4 words. Please let me know what to edit to change it. Thanks.
Bump... I know this has to be an easy fix. Does anyone know what I have to edit to make it post the whole thread title instead of a partial title?
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  #416  
Old 23 Oct 2009, 12:02
TheChaosFactor TheChaosFactor is offline
 
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when I try to authorize through admincp, I get a 404 error?
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Old 23 Oct 2009, 20:25
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Originally Posted by TheChaosFactor View Post
when I try to authorize through admincp, I get a 404 error?
Wrong URL when setting the application at twitter!
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  #418  
Old 24 Oct 2009, 09:00
TheChaosFactor TheChaosFactor is offline
 
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Now when I try to re-upload the product, I get a database error. Tried a different one and it worked fine?
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  #419  
Old 06 Nov 2009, 22:00
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Thanks for the great mod Milad.

I have a problem..

All installed fine, got the test twitter message and nothing else. Checked all forums have twitter enables and are guest viewable. Check all usergroups and saved. Run scheduled task and get:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

There are new threads but they dont go to twitter.
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  #420  
Old 27 Nov 2009, 13:59
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Ugh... It's been a long 2 weeks and this is the last issue I'm beating my head on the desk with.

We had a catastrophic drive failure on our box (actually TWO drives failed) so we decided to move to a dedicated box where we were the only "tenant".

I have cURL and OpenSSL compiled into the installation, and port 443 shows open when checked. Yet, when attempting to input the Consumer and Secret Key I receive the following error:

Can't reach twitter, either the port 443 is closed by a firewall, you didn't enter the correct Consumer Key and Consumer Secret values, or you don't have openSSL complied to your PHP installation.
As far as I can tell, Twitter isn't down. Port 443 is open, and I'm using copy/paste for the keys. Before I start drawing blood by beating my head on the desk, I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to procede.
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