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I've recently noticed that my most recent Tweet is no longer showing-up on my profile page. Checking around, it seems others' profiles are similarly affected. Is Twitter blocking access?
posted by Thorzdad to Bugs at 8:03 AM (47 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I was just looking at this. Twitter disabled the widget we were using on profile pages. The new widget that they offer doesn't fit in with the way we're showing widgets. It's too wide and includes three tweets. They don't offer a way to customize the look that I've found yet.

So I'm going to disable Twitter widgets on profile pages. I'll take a look today and see if there's any way we can customize the existing widget so that it'll fit in with our widget area on profile pages.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:06 AM on June 13, 2013


Thanks for the info.
Twitter really seem hell-bent on being dicks, don't they?
posted by Thorzdad at 8:09 AM on June 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


They want more control over how tweets are displayed. I think they'd prefer everyone visit twitter.com to consume them.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:10 AM on June 13, 2013


Understandable, but too bad for us!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:12 AM on June 13, 2013


As I look at this more I'm pretty sure we won't be able to have Twitter widgets on profiles anymore. Each widget now has a unique ID associated with each unique username—I can't simply swap in a Twitter username to have it work. Sorry about this.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:13 AM on June 13, 2013


Dear twitter:

This is why we can't have nice things.

Regards,
gauche
posted by gauche at 8:15 AM on June 13, 2013 [6 favorites]


Dear twitter, don't make me do what I did to Instagram.
posted by arcticseal at 8:17 AM on June 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


Can I piggy-back? Is the LibraryThing widget working? Mine shows three "recent" books which happen to be the first three I added to LibraryThing back in 2005 and those haven't changed as far as I can tell.
posted by Jahaza at 8:17 AM on June 13, 2013


The LibraryThing widget shows books categorized as "Currently Reading". So you might log into LibraryThing and see what you have on that list.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:19 AM on June 13, 2013


Ah... I didn't have any books in currently reading (I don't generally use that feature there). When I add one it shows that book, but without any it shows the three oldest (in date added) books in my library.
posted by Jahaza at 8:26 AM on June 13, 2013


I'd say that the real tragedy here is that every minute this isn't working is another minute you all are being deprived of my razor wit and brilliant insights.

But the fact is, I've been slipping in ancient Enochian phrases in here and there designed, when strung together, to open a portal to the dungeon dimensions where I can finally get rid of some of this yard waste that my garbage company refuses to take.

What? Not all my portals have to have an evil purpose do they?

Just the same, it's probably for the best that no one recites them, because the demons are getting pretty pissed about all the pine branches and whirligig seeds I've been sending through.
posted by quin at 8:28 AM on June 13, 2013 [6 favorites]


Jahaza, ah ok. Good to know that's what it falls back to. That's happening on LibraryThing's end.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:33 AM on June 13, 2013


My LT widget is working (and I highly recommend the Abulafia book to anyone interested in the history of the Mediterranean).
posted by languagehat at 8:59 AM on June 13, 2013


Maaan and I only recently started updating my Twitter too! (@SalemDefender)
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:00 AM on June 13, 2013


But how will anyone know how I feel about Teen Wolf?
posted by Kitteh at 9:04 AM on June 13, 2013 [4 favorites]


No worries Kitteh. I know how you feel about Teen Wolf. Your secret is safe with me.
posted by quin at 9:05 AM on June 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


They did the same thing with a website I run a while ago, fucking annoying.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 9:11 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh goddammit. I just started getting active on Twitter and I was getting a nice little rush of self-regard whenever I'd see my inane observations framed on my profile page. It was such a nice-looking widget.
posted by prize bull octorok at 9:22 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


They don't offer a way to customize the look that I've found yet.

I don't even use Twitter anymore but man, what a dickish thing to do. Why? What's the point of doing this?
posted by rtha at 9:22 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


The didn't get the cathedral bazaar memo.
posted by bukvich at 9:28 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is because Twitter switched off API v1 yesterday. A bunch of older Twitter apps are now broken as a result.
posted by neckro23 at 9:30 AM on June 13, 2013


Booooooo. Why, Twitter, WHY?

Eh.

I'm already over it.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:36 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


No problem, I can just e-mail you a photo of whatever record I'm currently listening to and you can tape it to the bottom left of your screen. Problem solved.
posted by mintcake! at 9:41 AM on June 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


Great recommendation. Thanks languagehat, I missed that when it came out ilast October.
posted by adamvasco at 9:47 AM on June 13, 2013


Man I just started tweeting again too!
posted by Mister_A at 10:17 AM on June 13, 2013


Why? What's the point of doing this?

They want to control how Tweets look. You can read more about it in Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the Twitter API: "To ensure that Twitter users have a consistent experience wherever they see and interact with Tweets, in v1.1 of the Twitter API we will shift from providing Display Guidelines to Display Requirements..."
posted by pb (staff) at 10:19 AM on June 13, 2013


I spent a little more time getting to know the new Twitter widget and I think it'll work ok. They're more strict about how tweets are displayed but I think it'll work for profiles. They should be showing up for everyone now.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:14 AM on June 13, 2013 [5 favorites]


The "retirement" of the original API also kills all support for RSS syndication of Twitter feeds, and hence any possibility of transferring my dozens of subscriptions into Feedly/Newsblur/whatever. It's like July 1st came early this year!
posted by Rhaomi at 11:16 AM on June 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


White box!
posted by chococat at 11:18 AM on June 13, 2013


Is the LibraryThing widget working?

It works on my profile, but shows a random couple of books with no rhyme or reason.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:23 AM on June 13, 2013


If you log into LibraryThing and set some books as "Currently Reading" you can control what shows up there.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:36 AM on June 13, 2013


Thanks, pb!
posted by Toekneesan at 11:38 AM on June 13, 2013


pb, you rule.
posted by mintcake! at 11:48 AM on June 13, 2013


pb is my goddamn hero.
posted by ColdChef at 12:17 PM on June 13, 2013


Go pb!

(Also, the new widget is kinda ... ugly. But not pb's fault!)
posted by jillithd at 12:20 PM on June 13, 2013


Quite honestly, I fine it amazingly admirable how quickly pb can find, analyse and solve the various bugs and beetles that constantly assail this website. But on the other hand, won't this particular fix lead inevitably to the destruction of our society?

Now we know that the US government is trying to hack everything we do, the policy of painless cross-facility interface is just playing into their hands. Right now, Obama is obviously chillin' in the Oval Office, knockin' back some Ovaltine and ogling all our precious data. Do we really want to assist his pan-national violation of our privates?

I say we vote that every tweet carry the hash tag #1quidnunckid and thusly flood the NSA's lidless eyeballs with a symbol of our permanent protest. Only by this distributed denial of sensibleness attack (DDOS) can we fight the power. Also let's secrete our precious mods in Hong Kong or hide them in a cupboard in the Embassy of Ecuador - I'll tell them when it's safe to come out, I promise.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 12:37 PM on June 13, 2013 [4 favorites]


SUBTWEET #1 QUIDNUNC KID
posted by mintcake! at 1:39 PM on June 13, 2013


Good job, PB! Not only did you keep expectations low, but you also exceeded them. Sounds like management material to me.
posted by hal_c_on at 2:05 PM on June 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Many thanks, pb.
posted by Thorzdad at 3:20 PM on June 13, 2013


Twitter's control of its display = kind of ugly, alas. But thanks for fixing it anyway!
posted by immlass at 3:28 PM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


It works on my profile, but shows a random couple of books with no rhyme or reason.

I haven't updated LibraryThing in way too long, but this describes the way I read perfectly, so I guess I'm fine with whatever it displays. Thanks to dancestoblue, my "to be read" pile just overflowed its shelf. The wife looked funny when I walked in with that armload, but what are you gonna do except cook her dinner and let her shrug and sigh. Glad she loves me and all my random books any old way.

Hey guys, how are you doing, anyway? Squirrel!

I just quit coffee, and man, it's getting weird in my brain. Sorry about the twitter outage, i'm having a shortage of pithy 140-character thoughts due to cafienne withdrawl. pb is the best.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:25 PM on June 13, 2013


Cafienne sounds like a feminine version of caffeine, like comedienne. I like it. I'm awarding it Typo of the Day.

Rhaomi: "The "retirement" of the original API also kills all support for RSS syndication of Twitter feeds, and hence any possibility of transferring my dozens of subscriptions into Feedly/Newsblur/whatever. It's like July 1st came early this year!"

Rhaomi, keep an eye on IFTTT. While Twitter killed off triggers for IFTTT a while ago, maybe someone will find a workaround.

Can I just reiterate that Google Reader is shutting down on my birthday and it's the worst present I've ever gotten?
posted by IndigoRain at 9:35 PM on June 13, 2013


I'm awarding it Typo of the Day.

At any rate, you can see the dangers inherent in the precipitous reduction of intake.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:26 AM on June 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Aw, it sounds like I'm too late to offer one of those developer pieces of advice about how we* should solve the problem now that we have an opportunity to rebuild the Twitter widget on the profiles. I had a real easy way for you to turn the whole site into a social network we** could monetize.

* "we" in developer-speak usually being the non-Royal we meaning "here's what you should do with your free time".
** That's the Royal "we".

posted by yerfatma at 5:42 AM on June 14, 2013


We use MODX for all of our CMS projects and ran into the same issue. This is MODX specific but might offer some insight into customization.
posted by juiceCake at 7:55 AM on June 14, 2013


also kills all support for RSS syndication of Twitter feeds

Ah, I was wondering why Reader had stopped updating those.

twitter-rss seems to be filling the gap as a twitter-to-RSS bridge. But as it's third-party who knows how long it'll last?
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 10:34 AM on June 16, 2013


twitter-rss now seems to be periodically bunging spammy ads instead of tweets into its generated feeds. Ho-hum.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 8:43 AM on June 23, 2013


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