Stop using twitter tools and use an WP Twitter plugin that works: WP to Twitter

May 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Technology

So for the past couple of months twitter tools has just refused to work properly and even more frustrating is that it gives zero explanation to it’s sudden lack of cooperation.  Twitter simply stopped receiving updates from my blogs when I made a new post and when I went to test the login credentials in the twitter tools settings page I just got the following message: Sorry, login failed. Error message from Twitter:

That’s it, it didn’t even bother to quote the actual error message from twitter, just left that part blank.

Hours and hours and days of googling turned up 100’s of other people encountering the same problem, with many variations, many different solutions but alas none of them worked.  The problem just kept on persisting and finally, muchly overdue, I switched off Twitter Tools to ‘WP to Twitter‘ and guess what?  First time around it actually worked perfectly.

The authors home page is: http://www.joedolson.com/ and if you have some spare change lying around send a couple bucks his way so we can ensure an actual working, worth while twitter plugin for wordpress in the years to come: http://www.joedolson.com/donate.php

EDIT:  Other great reasons to switch to this plugin:

Google Analytics Settings options (On/Off/Campaign),
Quickpress and Remote publication options,
Hashtab and exerpt length options,
Custom before and after text options,
Default or optional APIs from Cli.gs, Bit.ly, YOURLS services.
tweet on post edit feature (checkmark to skip or default off).

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4 Comments to “Stop using twitter tools and use an WP Twitter plugin that works: WP to Twitter”

  1. RantingIdiot says:

    Followed your tweet here. Thanks for the reminder friend. I have this plug-in installed on one blog and your tweet reminded me I needed to install it on my other one (which I am doing while typing out this comment). From those three sentences, one might deduce that I like WP to Twitter and that would be correct.

    I do have a critique on your post. The post urges one to discontinue “twitter tools” usage replacing the functionality with “WP to Twitter” with the reasoning of connection problems of the former and “First time around it actually worked perfectly” for the latter.

    “First time around it actually worked perfectly” is a good reason, but there are more:
    Google Analytics Settings options (On/Off/Campaign),
    Quickpress and Remote publication options,
    Hashtab and exerpt length options,
    Custom before and after text options,
    Default or optional APIs from Cli.gs, Bit.ly, YOURLS services.
    This is not an exhaustive list either. I especially like the ability the tweet on post edit feature (checkmark to skip or default off).

    One thing about your post which I really appreciated was your mention of donation to the plug-in author with link. Honestly, I don’t donate as often as I should (partially blaming on semi-poverty), but I do donate periodically.

    Thank you for reminding people about this great plug-in for WordPress.

    Doug

  2. SEO Alien says:

    Thanks for the tip. I have been using hootsuite to post my wordpress feed to twitter using there feed application. It works great. I just added the WP to Twitter app, gonna take it for a test drive.
    Thanks again!

  3. Joe Dolson says:

    Thanks for highlighting my plugin! I really do appreciate the notice — especially the recommendation for people to donate to support the plugin. With the pending transition to oAuth as the sole method of authentication with Twitter, there will be a lot of work required to keep the plugin available.

    Much thanks,
    Joe

  4. Skateback says:

    It is good to read your info, but I have a problem with WP to Twitter combining with wp robot. First time I installed, it worked fine, but after 4 posts, the problems came. From now it can not post to twitter anymore. There is always a message ( I don’t remember the exact text), that the point is”404 xxx, that can not connect to twitter”.

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