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Just A Tweet


Adds a just_a_tweet function and short code that allows you to display only
the most recent Tweet from a Twitter feed.

This came about because I wanted a way to display my most recent tweet in the
header of my site. Looking through dozens of Twitter plugins I couldn’t find
one that just got the most recent tweet without too much extraneous HTML and
also cached the request. This function does both.

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  1. Upload just-a-tweet to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Place <?php just_a_tweet('username'); ?> in your templates

The function just_a_tweet takes up to 4 parameters

$twitterUser – Required – The name of the Twitter user you want to request

$cacheAge – Optional – Number of minutes after which the cache is considered stale. Defaults to 5

$forceRefresh – Optional – If true then the cache is not used, although it is
still filled. Defaults to false

$echo – Optional – Whether the function should also echo out the HTML built. Either
way the HTML is returned. Defaults to true

Using the shortcode

There is also a shortcode just_a_tweet that you can use inside your posts and pages.

[ just_a_tweet twitteruser=yourtwitter ] will pull the most recent tweet from
whatever Twitter account you pass as yourtwitter.


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  • No real change, just updating to switch to a new site


  • Switched to using a newer Twitter API call
  • Wasn’t working if latest tweet was a retweet. Would cause an error on the first
    page view and then a JSON error after it was pulled from cache.


  • Added just_a_tweet short code so you can use this inside a post or page without
    having to enable PHP code.


  • Initial Release