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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.


Show Your Appreciation

Although not required, if you have enjoyed the benefits of this hack, and would like show your appreciation for my efforts, then please feel free to click on the Support Developer link and donate any amount you feel is appropriate.


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Old 21 Feb 2010, 03:46
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Is there anyway to put for example "Forum Name: Thread Title" ????
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Old 21 Feb 2010, 04:51
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Working fine here in 402. I haven't tried replys, but it's working good with is.gd and new threads.
Running 4.0.2 here also. I have my settings at bit.ly url shortening and my bitly user name and api code is correct. Both twitter and bitly php files are in /includes folder per instructions. I think mod has a bug...


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Old 21 Feb 2010, 05:21
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Problem fixed
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Old 21 Feb 2010, 07:10
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thanks its work nice for me.
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Old 21 Feb 2010, 12:10
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Doesnt works here either, both is.me and bit.ly
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Old 21 Feb 2010, 21:12
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Old 22 Feb 2010, 04:01
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Originally Posted by kefallon View Post
get the same issue as wit the other mod

statuses/update.xml Could not authenticate you. Unauthorized on line 229 in /var/www/vhosts/ionian-island.co.uk/httpdocs/forums/twitter.php
#0 /var/www/vhosts/ionian-island.co.uk/httpdocs/forums/twitter.php(648): Twitter->doCall('statuses/update...', Array, true)
#1 /var/www/vhosts/ionian-island.co.uk/httpdocs/forums/newthread.php(262) : eval()'d code(26): Twitter->updateStatus('test http://www...')
#2 /var/www/vhosts/ionian-island.co.uk/httpdocs/forums/newthread.php(262): eval()
#3 {main}

Any thoughts??
Originally Posted by pete_brady View Post
installed; bitly.php & twitter.php had to be modified for openbasedir & safemode as in the FAQ above. disabled bit.ly based on JSON error.

new threads create a twitter post (http://twitter.com/thumped/status/9381520916) , but i get the following error:
Originally Posted by LbR View Post
Doesnt works here either, both is.me and bit.ly
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I will not be providing any support @ vbulletin.org at all, please read the first post, which the below is pasted from:
Originally Posted by 1st Post
Hack Support/Feature Requests

All support/feature requests for this free hack will be provided at Wolfshead Solutions via an annual support subscription (for a small fee).

I will not be providing any support here at all, and all requests for support not posted at Wolfshead Solutions by vBulletin.org Hacks Support subscribers will just be ignored.

For the reason why I am no longer able to provide support here, please see here.
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Old 23 Feb 2010, 11:55
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i thought you were going to ignore requests here?

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Old 23 Feb 2010, 14:49
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When I go to post a new thread, I get nothing but a white screen. No error at all. Anyone else get this?

It appears the thread was posted but bit.ly screwed up the redirect page. I switched to is.gd and it now allows me to post but nothing is sent to my twitter.

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Old 23 Feb 2010, 14:58
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I keep getting json errors, but I do have it compiled! Also curl is working, username and API key correct, twitter account + password correct.

I do have vbseo
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Old 23 Feb 2010, 19:00
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would be cool if you can put the cms rss feed into this app so that cms articles can automatical post to twitter
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There is an error in the "vBulletin2Twitter Enabled Forums" option. It only works for a single digit, e.g. 0 works, 10 works, but "10,22" doesn't post any tweets, either in forum 10 or forum 22.
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Old 27 Feb 2010, 08:25
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Yes. I have the same problem.
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Old 01 Mar 2010, 07:26
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Originally Posted by Stryker412 View Post
When I go to post a new thread, I get nothing but a white screen. No error at all. Anyone else get this?

It appears the thread was posted but bit.ly screwed up the redirect page. I switched to is.gd and it now allows me to post but nothing is sent to my twitter.
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There is an error in the "vBulletin2Twitter Enabled Forums" option. It only works for a single digit, e.g. 0 works, 10 works, but "10,22" doesn't post any tweets, either in forum 10 or forum 22.
Originally Posted by Hateman View Post
Yes. I have the same problem.
Originally Posted by LbR View Post
Doesnt works here either, both is.me and bit.ly
Hi all,

This hack has now been updated this hack to v4.0.002, and is now available to all vBulletin.org Hacks Support subscribers over at Wolfshead Solutions.

This new version fixes the bug that when including multiple forums that are allowed to tweet in the AdminCP Options, no tweets are made in any of the included forums at all. Tweets are now made from all forums indicated in the AdminCP Options.

If there are no issues then I will release this update to vBulletin.org on Monday 8th March 2010.

Regards,

Mosh Shigdar, Wolfshead Solutions.
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So much better than the other mod

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