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First user-facing Twitter feature

Saturday, April 21, 2007 by Dave Winer.

For OPML Editor users...

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.  Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named funkytunes.jpgI 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.  Permalink to this paragraph

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. Permalink to this paragraph

Here's how it works... Permalink to this paragraph

1. Choose Update opml.root from the File menu. This will also update dotOpml.root. Permalink to this paragraph

2. Quit and re-launch the OPML EditorPermalink to this paragraph

3. Jump to user.twitter.prefs, and enter your Twitter username and password.  Permalink to this paragraph

4. Choose Open today's outline from the Your OPML Weblog sub-menu of the Community menu.  Permalink to this paragraph

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. Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named dialogAfterEditing.gif Permalink to this paragraph

6. And a few moments later, your wisdom is on Twitter. Permalink to this paragraph

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