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vBulletin to Twitter, live tweets of new threads
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vB Version: 4.0.x Rating: (33 votes - 4.67 average) Installs: 272
Released: 27 Jan 2010 Last Update: Never Downloads: 1482
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This should work on all 4 and 3 versions of vBulletin as it's trivial.

Description:

You start a new thread, this hack makes a tweet about it on your twitter account.

This are live updates... not delayed, not based on RSS... the instant the thread is started, a tweet is made. This is how this hack differs from other hacks.

Why:

Mostly for SEO, but also as an alert system.

For SEO the idea is simply that search engines are drinking from the Twitter firehose and are indexing the links that are tweeted. Faster and increased indexing of your site benefits you by helping it be found.

For alerts it means that users are able to use whatever twitter client they wish to obtain updates. A lot of these provide filtering capabilities, so they're able to get a live filtered stream of updates that interest them. This works very well when you also use thread prefixes.

Pre-requisites:

You should have an account on bit.ly for URL shortening, and you should have an account on Twitter.

Go and register if you haven't yet:
http://bit.ly/
http://twitter.com/

Installation:

NOTE: Most problems are related to not putting your bit.ly or twitter user details in the plugin. Follow the instructions carefully!

Upload the two attached files to your forum root. These are twitter and bitly classes that enable the hack to work, you can also download these from the author:
http://classes.verkoyen.eu/bitly
http://classes.verkoyen.eu/twitter/

Go to the plugin manager and create a new plugin with the following details:
Product: vBulletin
Hook: newthread_post_complete
Title: Tweet to Twitter

PHP Code: [See below]

To configure the PHP code you need to know your bit.ly API key (go get it from bit.ly/account) and your username and password for twitter.

You also should make a list of the forumIds that are non-public as you will want to put these in the array provided.

i.e. if your admin forum is forumId = 7 and you also have a private forum for regular members which is forumid = 12, then you will want this:
$excludedForums = array(7, 12);

The PHP code should be this, with all of the relevant values for your forum inserted (replace everything bolded, including the < and > bits):

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

So the bit.ly line might look like this after you've put your values in:
$bitly = new Bitly('testUser', 'R_hj3456hgf3hig56hi2gf6');
NOT
$bitly = new Bitly('<testUser>', '<R_hj3456hgf3hig56hi2gf6>');
See? Remove those <> bits, they just show what to replace.

The shortUrl line might look like this:
$shortUrl = 'http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?t='.$newpost[threadid];

The Twitter line might look like this:
$twitter = new Twitter('stephenfry','op1umisn1ce');

All make sense?

And that's it. Save and activate the plugin and create a test thread.

Now whenever a new thread is started, a tweet will be made to twitter instantly.

You can see this in effect here:
http://twitter.com/lfgss

That is being pushed new threads for http://www.lfgss.com/ and it's working perfectly.

Any questions?

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: It doesn't work!

A: That's not a question, however if it doesn't work then it's extremely likely you got your username and passwords wrong or left the < > signs in there. Double-check and do it again.

Q: I see an "INVALID_JSON" error

A: Disable bitly by setting $useBitly to false.
Q: I see an "You must be authenticated to access shorten" error

A: The credentials that you entered are either wrong, or you made a mess of the syntax. You did remove the < > when you put your values in right? Did you check the example given above?

Q: 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"

A: Wow, that's a good one... but easily fixable. Insert this at line 136 (just after the CURL options) in bitly.php:

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

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  #571  
Old 12 May 2011, 12:35
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Originally Posted by fountainmass View Post
I just got this working again. It was pretty simple.

First, like with the other mods, you will need to register a new Twitter Application (while logged with your normal Twitter account) - http://dev.twitter.com/apps/new

Note down the "Consumer Key" and "Consumer Secret" (Under App Details) as well as the "Access Token" and "Access Token Secret" (under My Access Token on the App details screen).

Step 1: Download Tijs Verkoyen's new twitter.php file (which supports OAuth) - http://classes.verkoyen.eu/modules/t...tter_2_0_1.zip

Step 2: Edit the file.
  1. add your Access Token to "private $oAuthToken = " (line 88)
  2. add your Access Token Secret to "private $oAuthTokenSecret =" (line 96).

Step 3: Upload it to the root directory of your forum (ie. replace your old twitter.php)

Step 4: Edit your vBulletin module, and change these two lines:


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

to


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

All should be sweet now.

At least, it was for me...

That worked for me - thanks v much

For the sake of anyone reading this post who is getting errors when they install the plugin, try fountainmass' instructions above. It's slightly difficult but it works.
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Old 17 May 2011, 19:52
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I only want to post new threads to twitter after they have been rated 5 stars. This way only interesting threads are posted to twitter. If I would post all new threads to twitter then my twitterfeed would get hundreds of posts per day. This would be spammy as not all of them would be of interest to twitter followers.

Please consider to add this function.
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  #573  
Old 19 May 2011, 06:29
jackalopejoe jackalopejoe is offline
 
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Well that was a waste of time... Why don't they graveyard this......


This one however works fine.
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=559

Last edited by jackalopejoe; 19 May 2011 at 06:51.
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  #574  
Old 20 May 2011, 13:05
andycaps andycaps is offline
 
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Hi Guys,
I have installed all the details as per the instructions and cannot see any tweeted forum posts in my twitter page - I also get no error messages, thus is appears to be ok but cant see the forum threads in twwitter?
thank
Andy
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  #575  
Old 05 Jun 2011, 09:49
shzad1 shzad1 is offline
 
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WOW
Awesome buddy
Great Work

Let me check.....
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  #576  
Old 05 Jun 2011, 10:26
shzad1 shzad1 is offline
 
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Everything is OK...
but got this error

Fatal error: Basic authentication is not supported on line 204 in [path]/twitter.php in [path]/vb/vb.php on line 287

Basic authentication is not supported on line 204 in /home/youngsko/public_html/twitter.php
#0 /home/youngsko/public_html/twitter.php(648): Twitter->doCall('statuses/update...', Array, true)
#1 /home/youngsko/public_html/newthread.php(276) : eval()'d code(26): Twitter->updateStatus('Hijr Ka Taala D...')
#2 /home/youngsko/public_html/newthread.php(276): eval()
#3 {main}
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Old 05 Jun 2011, 13:29
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Videx Videx is offline
 
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Originally Posted by shzad1 View Post
WOW
Awesome buddy
Great Work

Let me check.....
Check what? If it works or not? Always read the entire thread before you install a modification. Or at the very least the last page.
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Old 07 Jun 2011, 08:11
shzad1 shzad1 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by shzad1 View Post
Everything is OK...
but got this error

Fatal error: Basic authentication is not supported on line 204 in [path]/twitter.php in [path]/vb/vb.php on line 287

Basic authentication is not supported on line 204 in /home/youngsko/public_html/twitter.php
#0 /home/youngsko/public_html/twitter.php(648): Twitter->doCall('statuses/update...', Array, true)
#1 /home/youngsko/public_html/newthread.php(276) : eval()'d code(26): Twitter->updateStatus('Hijr Ka Taala D...')
#2 /home/youngsko/public_html/newthread.php(276): eval()
#3 {main}



I Got this error
can some 1 tell me how to fix it please
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Old 07 Jun 2011, 15:20
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Originally Posted by shzad1 View Post
I Got this error
can some 1 tell me how to fix it please
I just told you how to fix it. If you aren't going to read, don't keep asking.

I'll reiterate: Some people have gotten this mod to work with extensive editing. It's in the thread, they aren't going to repeat it all again. But why bother, since there's another mod that works great.
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Old 08 Jun 2011, 05:58
shzad1 shzad1 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Videx View Post
I just told you how to fix it. If you aren't going to read, don't keep asking.

I'll reiterate: Some people have gotten this mod to work with extensive editing. It's in the thread, they aren't going to repeat it all again. But why bother, since there's another mod that works great.
Thanks Brother
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Old 08 Aug 2011, 11:58
chelseaboy chelseaboy is offline
 
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I get this:

Basic authentication is not supported on line 204 in /home/forum/public_html/twitter.php
#0 /home/forum/public_html/twitter.php(648): Twitter->doCall('statuses/update...', Array, true)
#1 /home/forum/public_html/newthread.php(277) : eval()'d code(26): Twitter->updateStatus('Test http://bit...')
#2 /home/forum/public_html/newthread.php(277): eval()
#3 {main}


Fatal error: Basic authentication is not supported on line 204 in [path]/twitter.php in [path]/vb/vb.php on line 287
#0 vb_error_handler(256, Basic authentication is not supported on line 204 in /home/forum/public_html/twitter.php , /home/forum/public_html/vb/vb.php, 287, Array ([exception] => TwitterException Object ([] => Array ([100] => Continue,[101] => Switching Protocols,[200] => OK,[201] => Created,[202] => Accepted,[203] => Non-Authoritative Information,[204] => No Content,[205] => Reset Content,[206] => Partial Content,[300] => Multiple Choices,[301] => Status code is received in response to a request other than GET or HEAD, the user agent MUST NOT automatically redirect the request unless it can be confirmed by the user, since this might change the conditions under which the request was issued.,[302] => Status code is received in response to a request other than GET or HEAD, the user agent MUST NOT automatically redirect the request unless it can be confirmed by the user, since this might change the conditions under which the request was issued.,[303] => See Other,[304] => Not Modified,[305] => Use Proxy,[306] => (Unused),[307] => Temporary Redirect,[400] => Bad Request,[401] => Unauthorized,[402] => Payment Required,[403] => Forbidden,[404] => Not Found,[405] => Method Not Allowed,[406] => Not Acceptable,[407] => Proxy Authentication Required,[408] => Request Timeout,[409] => Conflict,[411] => Length Required,[412] => Precondition Failed,[413] => Request Entity Too Large,[414] => Request-URI Too Long,[415] => Unsupported Media Type,[416] => Requested Range Not Satisfiable,[417] => Expectation Failed,[500] => Internal Server Error,[501] => Not Implemented,[502] => Bad Gateway,[503] => Service Unavailable,[504] => Gateway Timeout,[505] => HTTP Version Not Supported),[] => Basic authentication is not supported,[] => ,[] => 0,[] => /home/forum/public_html/twitter.php,[] => 204,[] => Array ([0] => Array ([file] => /home/forum/public_html/twitter.php,[line] => 648,[function] => doCall,[class] => Twitter,[type] => ->,[args] => Array ([0] => statuses/update.xml,[1] => Array ([status] => Test http://bit.ly/rhKelq),[2] => 1)),[1] => Array ([file] => /home/forum/public_html/newthread.php(277) : eval()'d code,[line] => 26,[function] => updateStatus,[class] => Twitter,[type] => ->,[args] => Array ([0] => Test http://bit.ly/rhKelq)),[2] => Array ([file] => /home/forum/public_html/newthread.php,[line] => 277,[function] => eval))),[code] => 256)) called at [(null):0] #1 trigger_error(Basic authentication is not supported on line 204 in /home/forum/public_html/twitter.php , 256) called at [/home/forum/public_html/vb/vb.php:287] #2 vB::handleException(TwitterException Object ([] => Array ([100] => Continue,[101] => Switching Protocols,[200] => OK,[201] => Created,[202] => Accepted,[203] => Non-Authoritative Information,[204] => No Content,[205] => Reset Content,[206] => Partial Content,[300] => Multiple Choices,[301] => Status code is received in response to a request other than GET or HEAD, the user agent MUST NOT automatically redirect the request unless it can be confirmed by the user, since this might change the conditions under which the request was issued.,[302] => Status code is received in response to a request other than GET or HEAD, the user agent MUST NOT automatically redirect the request unless it can be confirmed by the user, since this might change the conditions under which the request was issued.,[303] => See Other,[304] => Not Modified,[305] => Use Proxy,[306] => (Unused),[307] => Temporary Redirect,[400] => Bad Request,[401] => Unauthorized,[402] => Payment Required,[403] => Forbidden,[404] => Not Found,[405] => Method Not Allowed,[406] => Not Acceptable,[407] => Proxy Authentication Required,[408] => Request Timeout,[409] => Conflict,[411] => Length Required,[412] => Precondition Failed,[413] => Request Entity Too Large,[414] => Request-URI Too Long,[415] => Unsupported Media Type,[416] => Requested Range Not Satisfiable,[417] => Expectation Failed,[500] => Internal Server Error,[501] => Not Implemented,[502] => Bad Gateway,[503] => Service Unavailable,[504] => Gateway Timeout,[505] => HTTP Version Not Supported),[] => Basic authentication is not supported,[] => ,[] => 0,[] => /home/forum/public_html/twitter.php,[] => 204,[] => Array ([0] => Array ([file] => /home/forum/public_html/twitter.php,[line] => 648,[function] => doCall,[class] => Twitter,[type] => ->,[args] => Array ([0] => statuses/update.xml,[1] => Array ([status] => Test http://bit.ly/rhKelq),[2] => 1)),[1] => Array ([file] => /home/forum/public_html/newthread.php(277) : eval()'d code,[line] => 26,[function] => updateStatus,[class] => Twitter,[type] => ->,[args] => Array ([0] => Test http://bit.ly/rhKelq)),[2] => Array ([file] => /home/forum/public_html/newthread.php,[line] => 277,[function] => eval)))) called at [(null):0]
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Old 08 Aug 2011, 14:02
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Originally Posted by chelseaboy View Post
I get this:

Basic authentication is not supported ...
Well, whatever you do, don't read the entire thread before installing a mod. Or bother searching the thread for a solution before asking. Especially don't read back JUST TWO POSTS for a solution.

edit: Oh and be sure to always quote your entire error.
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Old 11 Aug 2011, 13:28
Lester Wilson Lester Wilson is offline
 
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Unhappy anyone know the answer to this error please

Any help would be great! Thanks in advance.
(bits in red changed to protect the innocent)

ERROR MESSAGE -
Could not authenticate you. /statuses/update.xml Unauthorized on line 229 in /var/www/vhosts/mydomain.co.uk/httpdocs/twitter.php
#0 /var/www/vhosts/
mydomain.co.uk/httpdocs/twitter.php(648): Twitter->doCall('statuses/update...', Array, true)
#1 /var/www/vhosts/
mydomain.co.uk/httpdocs/newthread.php(276) : eval()'d code(23): Twitter->updateStatus('Test from Mark ...')
#2 /var/www/vhosts/
mydomain.co.uk/httpdocs/newthread.php(276): eval()
#3 {main}




MY PHP SCRIPT

// If you are having trouble getting bitly URL shortening to work... disable it!
$useBitly = true;

if (!in_array($foruminfo[forumid], $excludedForums)) {
$shortUrl = 'http://www.myDomain.co.uk/showthread.php?t='.$newpost[threadid];

if ($useBitly) {
// http://classes.verkoyen.eu/bitly
require_once 'bitly.php';
$bitly = new Bitly('accountName', 'R_70765765765765765765');
$shortUrl = $bitly->shorten($shortUrl);
}

$tweet = '';
if (isset($newpost['prefixid']) && $newpost['prefixid'] != '') {
$tweet = $vbphrase['prefix_'.$newpost['prefixid'].'_title_plain'].' ';
}
$tweet .= $newpost['title'].' '.$shortUrl;

// http://classes.verkoyen.eu/twitter/
require_once 'twitter.php';
$twitter = new Twitter('accountName','234kjh234k2j3h4');
$twitter->updateStatus($tweet);
}
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Old 12 Aug 2011, 15:22
Qwest Qwest is offline
 
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Originally Posted by jackalopejoe View Post
Well that was a waste of time... Why don't they graveyard this......


This one however works fine.
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=559
YUP! this definitely works.

The direct link to the actual mod is here http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=236278
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Old 08 Oct 2011, 20:52
elcoxx elcoxx is offline
 
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Hello, I need to know something.

Can I add Tweet Prefixes (not thread prefixes) With this add-on?

For xample, Tweet:

[Forum] vBulletin, the best forum system bit.ly/TweetURL23

Many thanks.
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