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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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  #586  
Old 07 Aug 2010, 21:51
MikeTrin MikeTrin is offline
 
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Smile

subscribed and waiting for 4.x version. worked great in 3.whatever!
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  #587  
Old 09 Aug 2010, 20:23
Firedshot Firedshot is offline
 
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Get the problem where i click allow and it come back with doesn't work and don't know why
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  #588  
Old 21 Aug 2010, 16:51
philipnet philipnet is offline
 
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I've subscribed as well.
I'm definitely interested in a 4.0 version of this mod
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  #589  
Old 26 Aug 2010, 18:22
wtrk wtrk is offline
 
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there should be an option to select which vbseo your using so you dont have to edit the files.
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  #590  
Old 12 Sep 2010, 14:44
proxx proxx is offline
 
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after upgrading to vb4 , it seems this mod still works. Does it work for you guys too on VB4?
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  #591  
Old 28 Sep 2010, 18:40
R0L3X R0L3X is offline
 
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Hi, tanks for this great mod!

I get this error when I run the task

Warning: require_once([path]/includes/functions_vbseo.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/includes/twitterposter/functions_twitterposter.php on line 47

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required '/home/sitename/domains/sitename.com/public_html/forums/includes/functions_vbseo.php' (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/sitename/domains/sitename.com/public_html/forums/includes/twitterposter/functions_twitterposter.php on line 47
How can i fix this error ?

I'm running vBseo 3.5.2

Last edited by R0L3X; 28 Sep 2010 at 18:45.
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  #592  
Old 28 Sep 2010, 22:03
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Milad Milad is offline
 
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http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...22#post1988322
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  #593  
Old 29 Sep 2010, 08:19
shuwarriors shuwarriors is offline
 
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How can I make the tweet poster which appears in the footer available to more than just myself as the main admin account?

Can you make it available to a user group?
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  #594  
Old 05 Oct 2010, 04:02
LakeAnna LakeAnna is offline
 
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How is it possible to just tweet new threads created and not auto post threads that are a month old etc. Thanks
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Old 05 Oct 2010, 04:19
LakeAnna LakeAnna is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Milez View Post
Confirmed, threads in my test forum are being pulled every 24 days rather than hours. I imagine this is because the code in twitterposter_hot.php reads:


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

As a work around until Milad fixes you could set Hot Threads Look up Time Span = 1(for 24 hrs) in the admincp control for this plugin.

Exact same issue - I assume this is still an open issue a year later - hope this fix works
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  #596  
Old 05 Oct 2010, 04:29
LakeAnna LakeAnna is offline
 
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Originally Posted by mykkal View Post
I do have one problem tho. It seems to be tweeting everything! some stuff is months old. How do I stop that?
Originally Posted by Milad View Post
That has nothing to do with it, it will be solved by itself.
Still researching this problem but I have to admit this doesnt give me confidence - can you explain further? Is it magic?
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  #597  
Old 15 Nov 2010, 00:29
duartecon duartecon is offline
 
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I'm in AdminCP -> Scheduled Tasks -> Scheduled Task Manager, then locate the task of "Tweet vBulletin Poster" it works just the topics are not posted on Twitter, but when I click run to see if there are any errors is created topics in Twitter. What can be?
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Old 15 Nov 2010, 12:24
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Ramsesx Ramsesx is offline
 
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Well done Milad, thanks for that.
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  #599  
Old 03 Dec 2010, 11:42
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A.Chakery A.Chakery is offline
 
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Real name: Ali Chakery
Hello Milad,

First thanks for this great plugin

I have a problem here, I am protecting my admincp folder by a .htaccess file (passwd)
so I think this application is not working fine because the twittposter.php is placed at admincp directory.

is there any way to make it work ?

Thanks
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Old 03 Dec 2010, 11:55
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Milad Milad is offline
 
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admincp/twittposter.php is used for authorizing the mod only, after you use it, there is no real use for it other than testing the connection!
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