Twitter Integration

The mezzanine.twitter application exposes the ability to consume, store, and display your own tweets on your site in an efficient manner, as well as the ability to send tweets when publishing new content to the site.

Twitter Feeds

If Twitter feeds are implemented in your templates, a cron job is required that will run the following management command. For example, if we want the tweets to be updated every 10 minutes:

*/10 * * * * python path/to/your/site/manage.py poll_twitter

This ensures that the data is always available in the site’s database when accessed, and allows you to control how often the Twitter API is queried. Note that the Fabric script described earlier includes features for deploying templates for cron jobs, which includes the job for polling Twitter by default.

As of June 2013, Twitter also requires that all API access is authenticated. For this you’ll need to configure a Twitter application with OAuth credentials for your site to access the Twitter API. These credentials are configurable as Mezzanine settings. See the Configuration section for more information on these, as well as the Twitter developer site for info on creating an application and configuring your OAuth credentials.

Sending Tweets

When setting up a Twitter application, you’ll also be able to configure the permissions your OAuth credentials have against the Twitter API. To consume Twitter feeds, only read permissions are needed, but you may also choose to allow both read and write permissions. With write permissions enabled, you’ll then also be able to expose the option in Mezzanine’s admin interface for automatically tweeting new blog posts (or your own custom content) when they’re published.

To enable this, simply install the python-twitter <https://pypi.python.org/pypi/python-twitter> library. With the library installed and credential setttings set, blog posts in the admin will have a “Send to Twitter” checkbox, which when checked, will send a tweet with the post’s title and URL.

You can also add this functionality to your own admin classes by making use of mezzanine.twitter.admin.TweetableAdminMixin. See mezzanine.blog.admin.BlogPostAdmin for an example.

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