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Twitter hashtag search in Wordpress with api v1.1

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I have a WordPress hashtag plugin that stopped working when Twitter switched from api 1 to api 1.1.  I can't find a plugin that works with v1.1 that doesn't require a consumer key, etc.  All I need to do is pull tweets into my Wordpress blog based on a public hashtag.

Anyone know of a Twitter hashtag plugin for Wordpress that doesn't require a consumer key.  If not can someone tell me how to get a consumer key?

Thanks,

Steve
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The problem with this is that Twitter no longer allows scrape-style search/embeds.  You have create an API key or create an official timeline widget on Twitter and embed that in your site.
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Thanks for the quick reply.  Can you help me with how?  This is all new to me.
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Which method?  You can go for the API key or the timeline widget.
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I'm not familiar with either.  Which do you think is easier?
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They're both easy...the bigger issue is which plugin do you want to use for WordPress.   Some want the API key and others want the twitter widget ID code.
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Let's go with the widget ID code.
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1) Go to your Twitter account
2) Click the Gear icon to access settings
3) Click Widgets on the left
4) Click Create New on the right
5) Select Search from the tabs on the top
6) Enter the desired hashtag, set other options, hit Create Widget at the bottom

You'll get a code window after doing the above.  The first part of the code will be an <a> tag and one of the attributes will be data-widget-id="somereallylongnumber"

The really long number is the Widget ID you then transfer to the target WordPress widget.
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I successfully created the feed by copying the code into a standard HTML page.  Do you have a suggested WordPress plugin to use?  I tried "Really Simple Twitter" and it's asking me for "consumer secret" "access token" etc.

Thanks,

Steve
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Jetpack has a Twitter widget that works well with the Twitter Widget ID.  

If you prefer using one that asks for the consumer secret and access token codes, you follow the same steps 1 and 2 above but then click Apps on the side and follow the instructions from there to generate the API keys.
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I found and installed the Jetpack plugin, but don't see the Twitter widget or a Jetpack twitter plugin.  Can you get me the exact name of the widget or a link?

If the Jetpack widget works with just the Twitter Widget ID, then I'd rather use that then the complexity of the consumer secret, etc.

Thanks for sticking with me on this.

Steve
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but don't see the Twitter widget

Twitter Timeline (Jetpack) in your widget list.
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I don't see it.  Do I need to sign up for the Wordpress.com account to see it?

Steve
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Yes, you need to create and connect to a WordPress.com account before Jetpack works.
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Jetpack did the trick.  There's a lot of other features in Jetpack I'll take a look at.  Thanks for the help.  I very much appreciate it.

Steve
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