First user-facing Twitter feature
Saturday, April 21, 2007 by Dave Winer.
While I was waiting for today's movie to start, watching some boring Coming Attractions, I was thinking about Twitter, and how to connect it to blogging software.
I went over the options, you could connect a RSS feed, so every post would be Twitted, immediately, as soon as it's on the web. I didn't like this so much.
What I opted for is to make it easy to post a link to your blog post to Twitter, by clicking a button, when you're ready.
1. Choose Update opml.root from the File menu. This will also update dotOpml.root.
2. Quit and re-launch the OPML Editor.
3. Jump to user.twitter.prefs, and enter your Twitter username and password.
4. Choose Open today's outline from the Your OPML Weblog sub-menu of the Community menu.
5. Enter a blog post. When you're ready to notify your Twitter friends of its existence, click on the Twitter button. A dialog appears, confirming what you want to say, and allowing you to edit it if you like. If you click on OK, it adds a permalink to the text, and shoots it up to Twitter.
6. And a few moments later, your wisdom is on Twitter.