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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):

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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:

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  #616  
Old 02 Mar 2013, 20:59
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Had to disable this as it's not working on 4.2 patch 3

First error was require once file not found on line 29 newthread .php

Think I sorted that out, then I got an error about an unexpected T in Twitter.php on line2
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Old 02 Mar 2013, 22:40
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Originally Posted by Spangle View Post
Had to disable this as it's not working on 4.2 patch 3
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Don't ever install a mod without reading the entire thread. Or at least the last few pages. In your case, you seemed to have even missed my post just two above yours!
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Old 12 Mar 2013, 15:28
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INVALID_LOGIN on line 219 in /home3/nextgen6/public_html/forums/bitly.php
#0 /home3/nextgen6/public_html/forums/bitly.php(470): Bitly->doCall('shorten', Array)
#1 /home3/nextgen6/public_html/forums/newthread.php(277) : eval()'d code(14): Bitly->shorten('http://www.next...')
#2 /home3/nextgen6/public_html/forums/newthread.php(277): eval()
#3 {main}


Warning: Invalid error type specified in [path]/vb/vb.php on line 286


Any ideas on whats wrong here please ? Cheers
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Old 12 Mar 2013, 16:09
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Originally Posted by betts02 View Post
Any ideas on whats wrong here please ? Cheers
I don't mind repeating myself for newbies (much). But as a coder you really should know better than to basically post "it doesn't work", especially for a mod that hasn't worked in ages.

If I can assume that as a coder you read this entire thread before installing, including my post immediately before yours, then you really need to post some more info about what you've done so far to get it working. The mod is marked as reusable, so you're welcome to try fixing it, but really your efforts might be better spent on a mod to post to Facebook right now.
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Old 12 Mar 2013, 16:39
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Firstly where in your infinite wisdom do you see me posting "It Doesn't work" ?
Exactly, I never posted that, I simply posted the error i got and asked if anyone had any ideas

Secondly as a coder i made a couple of simple HTML edits which i shared with the community and which is why i got placed in the 'Coder' usergroup

Thirdly i do not want anything from my site posted to facebook as everything that gets posted on my twitter account gets automatically posted to my facebook account

Fourthly i have read every page and see some have no issues or have at least got it working, I do not wish to use the other mod as it is different to this

So in all of that, Please think before you reply
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Old 20 May 2013, 22:35
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I'm getting the error of

Could not authenticate you on line 204 in /home/bullpen/public_html/twitter.php
#0 /home/bullpen/public_html/twitter.php(648): Twitter->doCall('statuses/update...', Array, true)
#1 /home/bullpen/public_html/newthread.php(277) : eval()'d code(57): Twitter->updateStatus('testing http://...')
#2 /home/bullpen/public_html/newthread.php(277): eval()
#3 /home/bullpen/public_html/vbseo.php(1398): require('/home/bullpen/p...')
#4 {main}


Fatal error: Could not authenticate you on line 204 in [path]/twitter.php in [path]/vb/vb.php on line 286

I know it says its not supported. but hopefully somebody has some ideas.
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Old 20 May 2013, 23:29
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Originally Posted by RFLIndustries View Post
I know it says its not supported. but hopefully somebody has some ideas.
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=614
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Old 25 May 2013, 21:23
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Originally Posted by cuco88 View Post
I tried this with my 4.2.0-board. It didn't work, the bit.ly-thing threw out errors. After fixing that the twitter-thing threw out other and more complicated errors. I tried to fix it and I got it working. But many changes were needed. I try to tell you:

At first, don't use the attached bitly.php. Use the linked one in the first posting. Or take this link:
http://classes.verkoyen.eu/bitly
unzip it, place it in the forum-root

Second: the twitter-API only accepts oAuth now, no basic username/password authentication anymore. So you have to use the new twitter.php. Don't use the one attached to the first posting. And don't use the one linked in the first posting. Use this one instead: http://classes.verkoyen.eu/twitter_oauth
unzip it. Don't place it in the forum root now! We have to edit it!

Now you have to get a legacy-API-key from bit.ly: https://bitly.com/a/settings/advanced
And you need oAuth-data from twitter. Use this link: https://dev.twitter.com/ then click on "my applications" in the menu on the upper right. Click on "create new application" and enter your data. (you don't need to enter a callback-url) Then your app is created. Click on "settings" and then switch to "Read, Write and Access direct messages". Update application settings. Go back on the "details"-tab and click on "create my access-token". Go to tab "oAuth tool" You will see four keys now. You need all of them. Open your twitter.php, search for "private $oAuthToken = ' ';" Place the "Access token" here. Then search for "private $oAuthTokenSecret = ' ';" Place your "Aceess token secret" between the ' ' here. Now save the file and upload it to your forum root. The other two codes (consumer key, consumer secret) are needed in the plugin-script, see below.

Go to plugin-manager and create a new plugin:
vBulletin
newthread_post_complete
Tweet to Twitter

Now use the following code
If you want to exclude some forums, edit this line:
$excludedForums = array(1, 2);
and place the forum-ids between the brackets. use array() if you don't want to exclude any forums.

this line:
$shortUrl = 'http://yourURLhere.com/showthread.php?t='.$newpost[threadid];
change "YourURLhere.com" to your forum-URL.

In this line:
$bitly = new Bitly('username', 'API_key');
you have to put in your bit.ly-username and the generated API-key.

And in this line:
$twitter = new Twitter('consumer-key','consumer-secret');
you have to put in the consumer-key and the consumer-secret from the twitter o-auth-tool.



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Save and activate it. This worked for me :-) No curl-erros anymore, no "unauthorized access" errors anymore, no .... errors, just working
I followed your instructions and I am getting the following error on submission:

Fatal error: Namespace declaration statement has to be the very first statement in the script in /home/xxxx/public_html/twitter.php on line 2

Any ideas on what could be causing this?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04 Jul 2013, 09:57
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Does this still work after Juli 1st this year or in any case since twitter isn't using api 1.0 anymore?
Because the other similar mods are not working anymore.
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Old 04 Jul 2013, 11:26
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Originally Posted by Black Tiger View Post
Does this still work after Juli 1st this year or in any case since twitter isn't using api 1.0 anymore?
Because the other similar mods are not working anymore.
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=614
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Old 04 Jul 2013, 12:41
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Thank you!
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Old 11 Jul 2013, 00:34
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Pity though, that one only posts thread titles, no mod with part threads anymore.
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Old 03 Sep 2013, 16:33
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is there an update to use google
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Old 03 Sep 2013, 17:41
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No updates, but it is reusable code and that sounds like a great idea. I'm good for some money to hire a coder.
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Old 09 Jan 2014, 02:41
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Is there a way that we can authorize before it gets tweeted on twitter TWEET ?
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