Friday, June 6, 2008

Twitter Integration for your Website

Social sharing of content is a popular feature for websites. It seems like every blog post these days is accompanied with a list of bookmarklet buttons: Digg, StumbleUpon,, etc. However, what about adding the ability to post links to Twitter from your website? It's not quite as simple as a bookmarklet, but it's still pretty easy to do.

The Ringlight website is written in Java (client is in python), so when I picked a library for twitter access, I picked jtwitter as it has no external dependencies.

It's so easy to use that it's almost too easy. Check out my code:

Twitter twit=new Twitter(username, password);
Status status=twit.updateStatus(message);

So easy, right? Now you can go to any file on Ringlight, click on Share on Twitter, and the link is posted on Twitter. You don't even have to be logged into the Ringlight website, so any random user on the Internet can start twittering links to my copy of Accelerando.