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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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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:

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Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

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Old 01 Sep 2010, 12:49
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Originally Posted by iguano View Post
But why works again to me?
Works for me too.. I just installed it today
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Old 01 Sep 2010, 21:51
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Working fine for me too.

Looks like an attempt to steel a hacks users and try to get them to then upgrade to the paid version o their hack.

If there was a real issue with this hack why not let the original developer upgrade it as required as happens with other hacks.

So, just to repeat. My site is still tweeting away to its hearts content. are there actually any users of this hack who have experienced any problem since this deadline?
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Old 01 Sep 2010, 23:08
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I have no clue why Basic Auth is still working. Their latest blog entry on 8/30 reiterates that oauth will be required as of 9/1/10.
Twitter Applications and OAuth
http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic...7&pageNumber=1

Oh, and just to clear things up - the author of the new version doesn't charge for it. He only charges for support. Myself, in the spirit of supporting vb authors, bought an $11 subscription even though no support is required by me - it worked fine right out of the box.
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  #514  
Old 02 Sep 2010, 02:53
amagab amagab is offline
 
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Mine is not working anymore. :-(
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  #515  
Old 02 Sep 2010, 03:44
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Videx Videx is offline
 
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I imagine they have a whole slew of servers and some will go down quicker than others.

BTW, I forgot Mosh does currently charge for the latest 404 version of his hack. But he'll be releasing it in a couple weeks for free, and in the meantime if you really don't think it's worth it, the 403 (free) version works just fine.
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  #516  
Old 02 Sep 2010, 04:47
vilhiem vilhiem is offline
 
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Mine is not working either as of this evening.

Getting an authentication error.
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Old 02 Sep 2010, 18:28
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*edit*
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  #518  
Old 02 Sep 2010, 20:31
MagiKelly MagiKelly is offline
 
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My apologies for my earlier post. This mod has now stopped working on my forum and I am in the process of installing the new one.
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Old 02 Sep 2010, 21:28
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Originally Posted by Videx View Post
I imagine they have a whole slew of servers and some will go down quicker than others.

BTW, I forgot Mosh does currently charge for the latest 404 version of his hack. But he'll be releasing it in a couple weeks for free, and in the meantime if you really don't think it's worth it, the 403 (free) version works just fine.
Thank you for you input. I had read this so I knew it "could" be coming. As soon as I had a problem this morning, I knew what to do and where to look so again, thank you. I will look at installing the other Twitter mod tonight.
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  #520  
Old 02 Sep 2010, 22:57
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Mine isnt well either.. stopped working for me too boo hoo
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Old 03 Sep 2010, 03:50
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carrlos carrlos is offline
 
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This hack will no longer work because it does not support "OAuth" authorization. I have switched to Twitterfeed and it works like clockwork!
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  #522  
Old 03 Sep 2010, 04:08
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Twitterfeed has serious limits which make it a less attractive alternative to direct posting via mod. Though I still do use it to post to FB since there is no mod for that.

*) Updates are at best every 30 minutes.
*) Maximum 5 updates every 30 minutes.
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  #523  
Old 03 Sep 2010, 06:52
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Yep not working anymore.
Time to switch.
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Old 03 Sep 2010, 13:10
Sparrow-Sean Sparrow-Sean is offline
 
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Damn, such a good mod that now does not work, GRRR.
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Old 04 Sep 2010, 03:55
caciocode caciocode is offline
 
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What changes do we have to make to make it work?

This forum is dying because this is not working anymore, please help.
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