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Mod Version: 4.1.0, by Mosh (Coder) Mosh is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (90 votes - 4.66 average) Installs: 592
Released: 19 Feb 2010 Last Update: 30 Jun 2013 Downloads: 3227
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What Does This Hack Do?

I use v4.1.0 of this hack at Wolfshead Solutions and have had no issues at all.

Depending on the options you select in the AdminCP, you can:
  • Automatically create a new tweet when you create a new thread only (including hashtags if selected)
  • Automatically create a new tweet when you post a new reply/quick reply to a thread only
  • Automatically create a new tweet when you create a new thread and post a new reply/quick reply

These tweets are live updates.... the instant you or your members post a new thread or a new reply/quick reply in a WS vBulletin Tweet Poster enabled forum, a tweet is made at the same time. These tweets will only be posted if they are 140 characters or shorter (this is automatically checked) and the new thread or new reply/quick reply is not sent the moderation queue.... so instead of throwing errors, in these cases this hack will not even attempt to tweet the thread/post.

As of v4.0.003, this hack is very, very loosely based on Buro9's vBulletin To Twitter hack (there is not one line of original untouched code left from his hack in this hack, and his hack is based on Basic authentication). I have totally rewritten his hack to made it into a product to use OAuth authentication to post to Twitter and have added extra functionality, which includes is.gd, TinyURL.com & Metamark as alternative url shortening services, as well as options to tweet replies to threads as well as tweet new threads and to add Hashtags.

What is required before installing this hack?

Your server needs the following options installed on it for this hack to work. This hack will check the requirements for you and will not install this hack if they are not.
  1. cURL with OpenSSL compiled into your php - http://curl.haxx.se/, http://php.net/manual/en/book.curl.php
  2. JSON support compiled into your php - http://www.json.org/, http://php.net/manual/en/book.json.php

Once you have server requisites from above covered, you will then need the following accounts setup before you can install this hack:
  1. You need to have a normal Twitter account details to post to - http://twitter.com
  2. You will need to register a new Twitter Application (while logged with your normal Twitter account) - http://dev.twitter.com/apps/new
  3. You will need the items below for step 4 of the attached install instructions:
    1. Note down the "Consumer Key" and "Consumer Secret" (Under App Details)
    2. Note down the "Access Token" and "Access Token Secret" (under My Access Token on the App details screen)
  4. If you want to use bit.ly url shortening (Optional)
    1. You need to have registered with bit.ly to obtain a username and your API Key - http://bit.ly
  5. Then install this hack by following the "Installation/Upgrade Instructions" attached.

TWITTER DEMO: There is no longer a demo available.

What Do You Get?

The settings in the AdminCP options are:
  • Turn this hack on or off
  • Enter your twitter "Consumer Key" and "Consumer Secret"
  • Enter your twitter "Access Token" and "Access Token Secret"
  • Select which url shortening service to use, is.gd, TinyURL.com, Metamark, bit.ly or none (default is bit.ly)
  • Enter your bit.ly username and API key
  • Option to include all, include selected or exclude selected forums when posting to twitter
  • Enter which forums to include or exclude when posting to twitter
  • Select if you want to use your thread prefixes when posting a new thread to twitter
  • Select if you want to post your new threads to twitter or not
  • Select if you want to allow user or admincp defined hashtags (or no hashtags at all)
  • Enter admincp defined hashtags
  • Select if you want to post your replies/quick replies to twitter or not
  • There is a link to edit the new reply/quick reply prefix (default is Re:)
  • Date prefix to add to new reply/quick reply to make it unique to not be detected as a duplicate by twitter

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1:
It doesn't work! Help!!!
Answer:
That does not help others help you. Please explain exactly what the issue is, give as much information as possible and that may aid others in helping you.

Question 2:
I don't know how to setup a Twitter Application! Help!!!
Answer:
Enter the following details when creating your application:
  • Application Name: I advise your website url (for instance I used "wolfshead-solutions.com")
  • Application Website: Enter the full url to your site (for instance I used "http://www.wolfshead-solutions.com")
  • Application Type: Set to "Client"
  • Default Access type: Set to "Read & Write"
Stay logged into your Twitter account, as the first time you tweet from your forum you will need to authorise the domain.

Question 3:
I think I have set up everything correctly, the thread and/or post is created with no issues, there are no errors, but nothing is posted to twitter. Help !!!
Answer:
On the Details tab of your Twitter Application (at https://dev.twitter.com), check the following:
  • Under the OAuth settings section, check Access level is set to Read and write not Read-only
  • Under the Your access token section, check Access level is set to Read and write not Read-only

If either of the above settings is Read-only, then you need to do the following:
  • Revoke access for the current application on your normal twitter account
  • Delete your current application
  • Create a brand new application with exactly the same information as the application you have just deleted.
  • Under the Settings tab, check the Access level under the Application type
    is set to Read and write not Read-only before you create the Access Token

Question 4:
I am using vBulletin 3.8.7 and the user hash tag field is not showing.... what can I do?
Answer:
Follow the instructions in this post.

Question 5:
Can you please add the ability to tweet RSS feeds, CMS articles, Blogs, calendar events etc?
Answer:
This hack tweets live to twitter, and as none of the requests above are guaranteed to be live (ie they can be set to be published later), I will never be adding the any of the above to this hack and that will never change.

Question 6:
Can I use this hack with vBulletin 4.1.4 which has the new CKEditor, and the hashtag field be visible to my members (if selected in the AdminCP options)?
Answer:
Yes, this hack is already compatible. If you select Only User defined Hashtags or Both User and AdminCP defined Hashtags in the AdminCP Options for this hack, the hashtag field will be displayed to your members.

Question 7:
I see "Basic authentication is not supported on line XXX" or /statuses/update.xml Could not authenticate you. Unauthorized on line XXX errors
Answer:
It means you still have either v4.0.001 or v4.0.002 of this hack installed, and the solution is to upgrade to v4.1.0 or above of this hack, which uses OAuth Authentication.

Question 8:
I see "Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class OAuthException in [path]/includes/twitteroauth/OAuth.php on line 8" error
Answer:
Edit the OAuth.php file in the twitteroauth folder. Find all instances of OAuthException and change them to OAuthException_tw. That should fix it up.

Question 9:
I see a "You must be authenticated to access shorten" or INVALID_LOGIN on line xxx in /xxxxx/xxxxx/xxxxx/includes/bitly.php error message.... what do I do?
Answer:
Ensure you have entered your bit.ly username & API key correctly. If that does not fix it, then select is.gd, TinyURL or Metamark in your AdminCP Options instead of bit.ly for url shortening.

Question 10:
I see an "INVALID_JSON" error
Answer:
Select is.gd, TinyURL or Metamark in your AdminCP Options instead of bit.ly for url shortening.

Question 11:
bit.ly does not work (gives error messages), what can I do?
Answer:
Select is.gd, TinyURL or Metamark in your AdminCP Options instead of bit.ly for url shortening.

Question 12:
I see an error that says "Warning: curl_setopt_array() [function.curl-setopt-array]: CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION cannot be activated when in safe_mode or an open_basedir is set in [path]/bitly.php"
Answer:
Looks like that is a safe_mode issue... the below should fix it (but is not guaranteed that it will, but it should). In bitly.php, find:

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

Change it to:

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

If that does not fix it, then select is.gd, TinyURL or Metamark in your AdminCP Options instead of bit.ly for url shortening.

Question 13:
As I do not have to register with is.gd, how to I view click statistics with the generated link?
Answer:
Simply add a hyphen (dash) to the end of the shortened URL, and instead of being redirected to the original long address automatically, you'll be taken to a preview page telling you where the link goes and gives you the click statistics for the url.

For example: You have been given the shortened link http://is.gd/8HdYu and want to check where it goes. Copy/paste it into your browser's address bar and then add a hyphen, making the link http://is.gd/8HdYu-. Now simply visit that address, and instead of being taken directly to the original URL, you'll be taken to a preview page on the is.gd site which will tell you the link's destination along with the click statistics.

Question 14:
Threads with titles that have special characters in them (such as ) do not tweet, what do I do?
Answer:
Sorry, but it looks like an issue with the Twitter (OAuth) class file by Abraham Williams and not with this hack at all.

I have checked his bug tracker and this issue has been reported twice and has not been fixed yet by the author, please see:
You might want to reply to both of the bug reports to see if you can get the author to fix his Twitter class any quicker.

Question 15:
This hack has been working fine then stopped working on Tuesday 11th June 2013 and I did not make any changes, what do I do?
Answer:
Twitter updated their API to version 1.1 on 11/6/2013, so any versions of this hack below v4.1.0 will have stopped working. The solution is to upgrade to v4.1.0 of this hack.

If it still does not work, then you will probably need to do the following, then the hack should start working again within 24 hours:
  • Revoke access for the current application on your normal twitter account
  • Delete your current application
  • Create a brand new application with exactly the same information as the application you have just deleted.
  • Under the Settings tab, check the Access level under the Application type
    is set to Read and write not Read-only before you create the Access Token

vBulletin Version Compatibility

This hack can be used with vBulletin versions 4.0.0 - 4.2.1.

This has been tested with vBulletin v3.8.x and works fine, it should also work with v3.7.x and earlier versions (but has not been tested).



Hack Support/Feature Requests

IMPORTANT: This hack is no longer supported, but I have marked it as re-usable code, so it can be developed further (remember to acknowledge me as orignal author of this hack).



Install/Upgrade/Uninstall Instructions

There are no file or template changes at all and is fully phrased. You just need to upload 5 files (in 2 folders), import 1 product and alter the correct vBulletin Options in the AdminCP, and then it will work from then on.

The readme.txt instructions file is included in attached .zip file.


Version History

v4.1.0 - Sunday 30th June 2013 (Final Version Ever)
-- Updated: Installation/Upgrade/Removal Instructions file
-- Updated: OAuth.php & twitteroauth.php files to use the new Twitter API 1.1 (old API 1.0 no longer works)
-- Removed: all references to "account/rate_limit_status", as this has been removed from the Twitter API 1.1
-- Removed: Two plugins to aid in diagnosing problems with this hack (as I no longer support this hack, and have now left the vBulletin community)

v4.0.6 - Saturday 29th January 2011
-- Changed: Hack name
-- Updated: Installation/Upgrade/Removal Instructions file
-- Updated: Screenshots
-- Fixed: New Threads, Replies & Quick Replies in twitter enabled forums are only tweeted when they will not end up on the moderation queue
-- Fixed: Hashtags now work in vBulletin v3.8.x (hack tested and working.... not tested on v3.7.x nor v3.6.x but should also work)
-- Added: Install code to ensure all server requirements are met and all folders and files have been uploaded before the hack will install
-- Added: AdminCP Options to allow for both User & AdminCP defined Hashtags for new threads in twitter enabled forums
-- Added: Two plugins to aid in diagnosing problems with this hack (disabled by default)

v4.0.5 - Saturday 27th November 2010 (first released to Wolfshead Solutions on Wednesday 27th October 2010)
-- Changed: Version number formatting
-- Updated: Installation/Upgrade/Removal Instructions file
-- Updated: Screenshots
-- Added: AdminCP Options to include/exclude forums
-- Added: Hashtags for new threads in twitter enabled forums
-- Added: 2 plugins to cater for new hashtag feature
-- Added: AdminCP Option to also use the Metamark url shortening service
-- Added: Version History file
-- Removed: AdminCP Option for tli.td url shortening service (now requires api key)

v4.0.004 - Saturday 18th September 2010 (first released to Wolfshead Solutions on Wednesday 18th August 2010)
-- Updated: Installation/Upgrade/Removal Instructions file
-- Updated: Screenshots
-- Fixed: Tweets for new replies now correctly use the AdminCP's timezone offset setting along with DST settings for the timestamp
-- Added: AdminCP Options to also use the TinyURL and tli.tl url shortening services
-- Added: Automatic check to see if tweet is longer 140 characters or not (and post tweet if not)
-- Added: Automatic truncate tweet title text in the tweet if the tweet (including the URL) exceeds 140 characters
-- Added: Automatic check to see if number of hourly calls to the Twitter OAuth API has been exceeded or not (and post tweet if not)
-- Added: Ability to use vBulletin "Friendly URLs" (available in vBulletin 4 and later only) or just plain URLs
-- Added: All files needed for this hack in one package (no longer necessary to download other class files separately any more)

v4.0.003 - Friday 2nd July 2010
-- Updated: Installation/Upgrade/Removal Instructions file
-- Updated: Screenshots
-- Updated: 3 plugins to now use OAuth instead of Basic authentication when posting to Twitter
-- Added: AdminCP Option to not use url shortening at all
-- Added: 4 new AdminCP Options for Twitter "Consumer Key", "Consumer Secret", "Access Token" and "Access Token Secret"
-- Removed: 2 AdminCP Options for Twitter "Username" and "Password"

v4.0.002 - Monday 1st March 2010
-- Fixed: When multiple forums selected in AdminCP Options, threads or posts were not twittered at all

v4.0.001 - Friday 19th February 2010
-- Initial vBulletin v4.0.x Release


Thanks

Thanks go out to Buro9 who marked his original hack Re-usable Code. Thanks also go out to Dragonsys for pointing me in the right direction to converting this hack to use OAuth authentication, and also to Videx who bugged me about updating this and I have noticed is doing a lot to support this hack.


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  #661  
Old 12 Feb 2013, 21:06
SpottySocks SpottySocks is offline
 
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Question 8:

My threads and posts are created with no error messages, but no tweets are posted..... how can I check that I if this hack is working?

Answer:

To test to see if it is working, there are two diagnostic plugins available to test the functionality on the Twitter side of things (and are disabled by default):

vBulletin 2 Twitter: Test/Debug Module 1 - which tests to see if you are actually authenticating with Twitter
vBulletin 2 Twitter: Test/Debug Module 2 - tests to see if your Twitter Application is set to "Read & Write"

In the AdminCP, select Plugins & Products -> Plugin Manager. Enable the above plugins one by one, follow the instructions to change the userid to your userid and copy and post the responses for both plugins (displayed at the top of the page on your forum when you refresh the page) in this thread (be sure to indicate which response is from which plugin) and then I can see what is going on.

NOTE: Remember to disable both the plugins again once you are done, as they are only included for diagnostic purposes.
I just done this.....

Module 1:


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

Module 2:
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Can anyone help please?

I think I have followed everything as I should have but it still doesn't work... =/
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Old 13 Feb 2013, 16:51
SpottySocks SpottySocks is offline
 
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Originally Posted by SpottySocks View Post
I just done this.....

Module 1:


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

Module 2:
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Can anyone help please?

I think I have followed everything as I should have but it still doesn't work... =/
Just had this error when went to submit a reply to a thread:


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

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Old 13 Feb 2013, 22:10
SpottySocks SpottySocks is offline
 
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OK I've fixed it mostly, and got it working.

Only problem now is..... Even though I have selected 'YES' to both -

'Enable vBulletin to post to twitter when creating a new thread?'
and
'Enable vBulletin to post to twitter when posting a new reply?'

It is only giving links to replies on Twitter - not new threads!!!

Help please? I'm pulling my hair out here....
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Old 16 Feb 2013, 13:23
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i love this mod works great and since im new to twitter this mod made my life easier with it.
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Old 18 Feb 2013, 23:03
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this is just an amazing MOD, and I so love it, it wil lactually make me money for sure, thank you so much
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Old 22 Feb 2013, 12:35
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Excellent,

works without any problems on my 4.2.0!

Thanks for this and have a nice day!
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Old 22 Feb 2013, 18:04
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Tagged and installed... Works just like you designed it too.
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Old 03 Mar 2013, 13:44
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This is one that seems to work, now has he done one that will post to our Facebook page ?
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Old 03 Mar 2013, 21:41
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This is one that seems to work, now has he done one that will post to our Facebook page ?
You could simply use graffitti or such like provided by Facebook to post rss feed to your wall ..etc
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Old 04 Mar 2013, 00:20
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Videx Videx is offline
 
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I managed to get our FB posts working but "simple" wasn't the word for it. More like true "rocket science". And it's delayed sometimes by several hours. I wish I could remember exsctly what I used so I could recommend trying anything else. But I think my mind has blocked out the whole disagreeable affair.
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Old 04 Mar 2013, 21:53
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Working on v4.20
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Old 10 Mar 2013, 17:24
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Can someone help me figure this out ?

Talk Of The Terrace ‏@Tlkoftheterrace

Re: Celtic Go Down To Ross County 10/3/2013 16:09:35 Array


Thats what I am tweeting, not a link back to the thread, have I got the settings wrong?
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Old 10 Mar 2013, 17:40
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Originally Posted by Spangle View Post
... Thats what I am tweeting, not a link back to the thread, have I got the settings wrong?
That's pretty unclear. Are you saying all your tweets work fine except when something there is included?

In general, to troubleshoot you want to disable url shortening, and make sure you can tweet from the account manually.
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Old 10 Mar 2013, 20:21
Spangle Spangle is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Videx View Post
That's pretty unclear. Are you saying all your tweets work fine except when something there is included?

In general, to troubleshoot you want to disable url shortening, and make sure you can tweet from the account manually.
Thanks for the heads up, disabled URL shortening and it worked.
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Old 11 Mar 2013, 10:23
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I think i discover the reason why dont post so many threads to twitter: the characters. My forum is spanish, so most of them have in their titles, so it seems that it's the reason. Any idea of a solution?
I have the same problem. There is any update on it? Bit.ly can post to twitter directly the missing posts.
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