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Turkey Continues The Nations Social Networking Crack Down!


The social networking crackdown in Turkey proceeds, as the nation has moved to piece secondary passage access to correspondences administrations like Twitter through Google DNS. Youtube, an alternate administration offered by the worldwide inquiry goliath, could be next in the wake of declining to uproot features asserting government debasement.

Head administrator Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration called the boycott a “preventive measure” after the administration had been utilized by residents to spread assertions of debasement inside the legislature. “Twitter has been utilized as an intends to complete deliberate character executions by flowing wrongfully procured recordings, fake and created records of wiretapping,” the administration said in an articulation.

After Twitter clients ended up unable to gain access to Twitter starting Thursday, numerous turned to Google’s DNS benefit as an approach to bypass the boycott. By writing in Google’s DNS addresses (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) into their program, they were ready to keep utilizing Twitter. That demonstrated just a makeshift result, in any case, as the legislature has uprooted access to that administration also.

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Play-I Has Raised Eight Million Dollars In Series A Funding


Mountain View-based instructive toy engineer Play-i has brought $8 million up in a Series A round headed by Madrona Venture Group and Charles River Ventures. Play-i has made two intuitive robots that show kids the rudiments of modifying through buddy applications for tablets and portable units. Established in 2012, Play-i will utilize the new supports to fill the many preorders appropriated to date, carry the robots to retail stores by the close of the year, and grow its group.

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Ellen Degeneres’ Selfie Makes Twitter Internet History


Ellen Degeneres’ selfie thumped Barack Obama’s ‘Four More Years’ tweet as the most prevalent tweet ever Sunday night throughout the Oscars.

The entertainer, furnished with her Samsung telephone, assembled a couple of her closest companions (read: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jlaw) and snapped a pic. The retweets immediately included. Inside 30 minutes it was nearing Barack Obama’s record of 778,800.

At that point, a couple of minutes after the fact, it happened. Inside the hour, the tweet might happen to surpass one million retweets, making it far and past the most-retweeted tweet ever.

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Twitter’s Crashlytics Is Taking A Shot At Another Beta!


Twitter’s Crashlytics is taking a shot at another beta conveyance instrument for both ios and Android that will make portable application testing simpler.

This is extraordinary news for designers who utilized Testflight, as the organization stopped backing for Android after Apple procured Testflight creator Burstly a week ago.

Crashlytics secretly tried the appropriation apparatus with a handful of application engineers, and is currently making the instrument accessible for additional clients. Intrigued designers can sign up here.

Twitter gained Crashlytics in January of a year ago.

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Is Twitter in Trouble?


Last week, Twitter’s stock took a big tumble after it released its first quarterly earnings report. The report showed that revenue is up (and better than expected), but user growth is slowing and engagement is down. Declining user growth is not an issue in itself, and actually can be a great thing for a network (in fact, I wrote a whole book on this topic). Lack of engagement, on the other hand, is something different.

The news made me consider my own Twitter usage and its value to me. For many years I have written for Harvard Business Review and, once the article is live, I tweet it to my Twitter followers as does Harvard to its large base on Twitter. I continue to be impressed with the reach and exposure at Harvard Business Review and will continue to be a part of it. But at the end of last year, I accepted an invitation to also become a LinkedIn Influencer and write articles for the social network. To my surprise, within 24 hours my first article - which I would call average at best – was read by over 14,000 people and commented on dozens of times. What’s more, I immediately gained over 2,000 LinkedIn followers.

It became immediately, incredibly clear to me that for the purpose of disseminating business articles, the power of the LinkedIn network is far greater than that of Twitter. Even though LinkedIn is quite large, with over 200 million users, it is still a niche site compared to Twitter. The Influencer program was created for a specific purpose, and boasts a robust network of leaders who share their thoughts about various issues impacting entrepreneurs, managers, employees, and job seekers. The topics covered are broad, from “Should You Quit Your Day Job?” to “Simple Ways to Sleep Better,” but the audience is uniform in focus. Users are on the site for business reasons, so browsing business content feels like an enhanced experience rather than simply a distraction.

On the other hand, if you check your Twitter feed with the goal of reading the day’s breaking news, you probably consider my tweet linking to my newest management article as clutter to be skipped over. Same if you see it on Facebook and your main reason for logging on is to see the latest pictures of your nieces and nephews. Facebook, in particular, is so all-encompassing, attempting to be everything to everyone, that users must sift through a lot of dirt to get to the information gold they really want.

Twitter has done a lot of things right. One way it keeps down the noise is by using the follower system rather than the friend system. On Facebook, when you accept someone’s friend request, they can see your posts and you can see theirs. It’s a handshake, a mutual relationship. Not so with Twitter, which means that you’re under no obligation to follow someone who follows you. You don’t have to make the awkward choice of whether to deny or perpetually ignore a friend request.

Unlike its predecessors, Twitter excels at simplicity. Its very nature minimizes distractions. With only 140 characters to share with the world, you’d better get to the point. Because of this, Twitter is particularly well suited for the mobile world, and its usage stats bear this out. In 2012, Twitter users spent about two hours per month on the Twitter app or mobile website, but only about 20 minutes on twitter.com via their PCs. But at the end of last year, Twitter made a change that is more than a little dangerous: it started showing pictures and videos in news feeds. It’s one thing to skip over 140 characters that you deem irrelevant, but a bombardment of videos is a bit more annoying and distracting.

I love Twitter, and I can see the long term value in the service. But is it at risk of being dominated by other niche sites? What does my LinkedIn experience say for other niche verticals? Is Twitter at risk in sports if ESPN creates a micro-network? How about MTV for music and Paramount for movies? Of course, in theory you could tailor your Twitter feed so that it mimicked a niche site – by following only Boston sportswriters, for example. But because people think of Twitter as a general news site, very, very few people do this. After all, there is something to be said for receiving all of your information from one source. But is the long-term viability of Twitter limited by a model where niches dominate more broadly, albeit on a narrower scale?

It’s not that some of the behemoth social networks have collapsed. It’s that every single one of them has collapsed: Geocities, AOL, Friendster, Classmates, MySpace. For its part, Facebook is inching toward this fate, with declining use of its website (vs. the mobile app) and declining use among teens.

Perhaps there won’t be another social networking giant. Perhaps niche networking is the new black. And by niche, I don’t mean Instagram or Pinterest, though each are certainly more nuanced than Facebook and Twitter. I mean networks that are even narrower than those. Startup FishBrain provides a mobile app and social network for fisherman. Its founders are banking on the fact that when a fisherman posts a picture of his biggest catch on Facebook, that message is irrelevant to most and commented on by few. But the same fisherman posting to FishBrain will find a network of like-minded sportsmen who show genuine enthusiasm and provide valuable feedback. After all, they wouldn’t be on FishBrain if they didn’t want to see pictures of fish. The result is a more valuable, utilitarian experience for both posters and viewers.

Technologies rise and fall in direct relation to how quickly and efficiently they allow users to reach their goals. Those goals could be to catch up with friends and family, to find a great chili recipe, to learn a new management strategy, or simply to be entertained. Twitter is billed as an information network. If its users’ goals are thus aligned, anything that distracts from receiving important information is noise. If they are not aligned, than the network is more likely to have different benefits to different people, and that opens up competition to niche players. Niche networks, which offer fewer irrelevant distractions, may become more valuable as a result, despite smaller populations of users.

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Twitter experiments with new design, enlarging tweets and photos


Twitter experiments with new design, enlarging tweets and photos
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Twitter is thinking about a redesign.

Sources told VentureBeat the microblogging website is beta-testing different design configurations in order to make the site more appealing and easier to use.

Company sources pointed out that its designers are constantly experimenting and tweaking formats. They indicated that the news of a new layout for the tweet stream, as first reported by Mashable, was consistent with Twitter’s policy of striving to make the user experience more engaging.

The beta design, which a Mashable editor discovered when he logged into his Twitter account Tuesday, included larger tweets and enhanced photos. It also included embellishments to the profile category, according to the report. A photo of the beta site accompanying the story showed an interface somewhat resembling Facebook’s, a comparison that Twitter insiders dismissed.

The news comes on the heels of Twitter’s first earnings statements released earlier this month. Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo noted during the earnings call with analysts and reporters his intention of making Twitter “a better Twitter.”

Costolo stressed that making the site easier to use, and thus attracting new subscribers, was one major facet of the San Francisco-based company’s objectives. Costolo also emphasized that mobile was one of the primary ways in which the company would grow.

Indeed, Twitter reported that 75 percent of revenue derived from mobile devices. Twitter ended 2013 with cash reserves of $2.2 billion. The company’s user base also increased from 232 million users to 241 million.

Twitter referred this reporter to a previous blog on the company website confirming that changes were always underway at the company:

… We are constantly evolving the product. Some changes are visible — they may help you protect your Twitter account or make it easier to share photos; others are under-the-hood changes that help us suggest relevant content in real time and make Twitter more engaging. A common thread across recent releases has been experimentation. We’ve tested various features with small groups of our 200 million users before determining what we’ll release. These tests are essential to delivering the best possible user experience.It’s rare for a day to go by when we’re not releasing at least one experiment.

We also experiment with features that may never be released to everyone who uses Twitter. Those experiments are perhaps even more valuable because they help us decide what not to do — which is important as we work to keep Twitter simple while improving the user experience. Ultimately, our goal is to learn and keep making the product better; we aren’t necessarily looking to launch all of the experiments we roll out.

With the majority of our users accessing Twitter from a mobile device, it’s important for us to be able to test on mobile. Over time, you’ll continue to see us test and introduce new features first on mobile. For example, we recently introduced the people button which suggests accounts for you to follow.

So what does this mean for you? You may see some features that your friend doesn’t see, or vice versa. This is all in service of making Twitter the best it can be. We appreciate your help in doing that, so thank you.

http://venturebeat.com/2014/02/11/twitter-experiments-with-new-design-enlarging-tweets-and-photos/

Sports in the Age of Twitter


Being a sports fan with Twitter is hard, but I don’t think I’d ever go back to watching games in the dark. Here’s what I mean.

I’m a Warriors fan, and whenever I watch a game, I’m always checking Twitter during timeouts, free throws and half time. I want to see what the local beat reporters at the game are saying. Whether it’s updating everyone about an injury (poor Brandon Rush) or getting an assistant coach’s take on a defensive adjustment, these tweets give extra information I’m not getting from the broadcast. But sometimes it’s distracting. You ask yourself, are you missing out on a spectacular dunk because you’re looking down at your phone? Are you fully immersed in the back-and-forth pull of the game, or are you getting distracted from a funny person in your stream?

Of course, you can always rewind your TiVo to catch the play again, but that brings me my second point. Twitter and TiVo do not get along most of the time.

Live, or “Live”?

If you ever had to TiVo a game because you have dinner plans, or because you’re running late getting home from work, you know that you should never check Twitter. It doesn’t matter if you don’t follow any reporters, athletes, or news outlets to spare yourself from spoilers, one errant tweet from a friend can ruin a third of the game for you. And if you’re a frequent/habitual Twitter-checker like me, that means you need to actively force yourself not to refresh.

There was an article a couple years ago where someone was pontificating on the lack of enjoyment from watching a TiVo’d game. In the back of his mind, even if he didn’t know the score, he thought that the game he’s watching already happened, and therefore its conclusion had already been decided. “What’s the point in watching,” he thought, if the outcome is finalized already. While I disagree with the overall sentiment (I enjoy TiVo’d games just fine, and every episode of Homeland has already been “decided” months ago), I do agree that if I start watching a game from the start that’s already at the third quarter when I begin, and I accidentally catch a peek at the halftime score, it ruins the suspense of the first half.

Audience Participation

Because Twitter is such an easy way for broadcasters to get an audience reaction to how the team’s doing, broadcasts eagerly put out questions for people to answer. As the image above illustrates, even I can get my semi-informed opinion on the air as long as I can construct a coherent tweet. But what do I know? Why is my opinion on David Lee vs. Carl Landry worth listening to? (It’s not. Not really.) So why are shows like Inside the NBA on TNT putting viewers’ opinions on the same level as analysts?

Good or Bad?

Ultimately, the question becomes “is checking Twitter good or bad during a game.” Like knowing a player’s efficiency is actually low despite his spectacular plays (like the Bucks’ Monta Ellis, for example), Twitter is information that may lessen your enjoyment of what you’re seeing in the moment. Overall, however, you’ve got more knowledge and a bigger picture view of the sport, and more knowledge is always better.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch the Warriors demolish the Orlando Magic while waiting to see if one of my tweets show up in the pregame show.

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One Silicon Valley, Under Libertarian Hero Senator Rand Paul


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Internet-savvy Tea Party activists have shoved the once small-government fringes of the Republican party into the spotlight, with Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul a leading figure.

At the State of the Net Conference, I spoke with this new leader in the Republican party, asking about what life would be like for innovators if he and his small-government brethren continue their rise to power.

I kept it deliberately philosophical to understand how Paul will view issues in the future. Here are a few take-aways.

Science Funding, If You Can Find It

“The real explosion of the Internet was the lack of control,” argues Paul, in response to my question about if the Internet’s origins in military labs proves that government is essential to American innovation.

Paul maintains that we shouldn’t overestimate the need for government to support Silicon Valley. But, he’s a fan of federal-funded science and technology, just so long as it doesn’t add to the country’s trillion-dollar-sized debt. “I’d rather spend the money on R&D if there’s not a marketplace for that,” he says.

Paul is admirably consistent here; scientists freaked out over one of his early budget proposals to slash R&D funding, but calmed down after he brokered a deal with Democrats that would slightly increase funds for higher education and research (by finding other programs to cut, of course).

Civil Liberties Galore And No Killing Of Hackers

Paul infamously said that whistleblower Edward Snowden and intelligence director James Clapper should share the same jail cell (Clapper for lying to Congress). I pressed Paul on how he would treat information activists.

“There do have to be some rules and there are some problems with disclosing secrets and people could die,” he warns. But, security hawks “are calling for the death penalty” for Edward Snowden, “and I think that’s inappropriate.”

Paul wouldn’t commit to what punishment people like Snowden should receive. He is, however, suing the federal government to stop the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Internet and phone data. It’s no shocker that under Libertarian leadership, national defense would be dramatically cut back and civil liberties would take center stage.

Allowing Companies To Do Good, Stockholders Be Damned

Paul thinks that Silicon Valley should have more leeway to invest in socially beneficial products. “There is a sense, particularly in young people, they still want to make money, they want to do things that are successful, but they’re socially conscious.”

Paul says he’s supportive of legislation to give legal immunity to B-corps, (Benefit Corporations), which would allow for-profit companies to invest in sustainable products, even if it wasn’t the best way to optimize shareholder value. Stockholders “can always leave your company if they don’t like what you’re doing, but [business owners] should be able to do things, even if they’re not the least expensive thing, because you think this is good for the environment.”

Federalism For Everyone!

It’s a caricature of libertarianism to believe that it’s only about slashing the government into the smallest possible slice of its former self. “Federalism is that you devolve power, and the power is not all in Washington, it’s in different places,” Paul tells me, when asked about the future of small-government conservatism.

Under a federalist government, San Francisco could allow a drone to airdrop you a piping hot taco, while New York City could choose to outlaw Amazon’s new army of delivery drones. Silicon Valley has always had a separatist itch; a libertarian might give them more room to experiment.

Though, in practice, Paul (and other libertarians) have valued no government over decentralized rule. Paul opposed the law that would allow states to collect Internet sales tax, which would have effectively hiked up everyone’s pajama-clad Christmas shopping splurge about 7%.

Federalism is a nice theory for now, but it’s unclear how it could impact the Valley.

Patents…Pretty Much The Same

Does Paul see patents as a legalized monopoly? In a word, no. “There are libertarians that have written that you shouldn’t have any patents–the market will just sort it out,” he said. “I think there ought to be protection for intellectual property.”

Recent attempts in Congress have tried to change intellectual property law, especially around patent “trolls” and for software, but there’s no bills with serious traction. Either way, this doesn’t appear to be of serious interest to leading Paul and his ilk.

Unions A No-No

We’ve often noted that tech companies rank as the “best” companies to work for, despite having no labor union. Unions have a rough-and-tumble relationship with innovation, largely because technology destroys jobs. Would Paul give beleaguered unions a helping hand, or does he think they’re past their prime?

“I’m not opposed to the small guy organizing to have leverage against the big guy,” he explains. But, unions have gone overboard, he says. “Labor Unions had their heyday, it was in trying to get rid of really horrific working conditions,” he continues, “I don’t think they really have a place in the high-tech industry.”

Yes, Libertarians Are Getting More Powerful

The right-wing traditionalists of the Republican party are getting thumped by tech-savvy libertarians. Tea Party founder Mark Meckler once explained to me how individualistic principles make libertarians so powerful on the net, “Because folks who participate tend to be so individualistic, what started to happen is, without anybody telling them, they immediately started to spawn hundreds and then ultimately thousands and then millions of web pages dedicated to tea party activity.”

Paul, whose father is an Internet political celebrity and former long-serving member of the House of Representatives, sees the same thing happening with his own base of support, “I think there’s a huge bunch of people who are a part of a leave-me-alone-coalition,” he explains.

Though Silicon Valley leaders overwhelmingly support President Obama, Paul argues the political tides could change in his favor. His argument is worth quoting in full:

“When I’ve been out and visited Google or Facebook, when you go in, there’s an atmosphere of not of structure, there’s an atmosphere of, you know, not being able to go five steps without having food, or a nap, or play ping pong. It’s less rigidity and more openness. I think people are attracted to that; it’s sort of a libertarian sense, ‘as long as I’m not hurting someone else, let me do what I want to do.”

My 2 Bitcoins

Before I praise Paul, let me first note that I am not a fan of libertarianism. I find it an unrealistic social philosophy. Our personal success is inextricably linked to the lives of our neighbors and the rest of the world. If they suffer, we suffer. If they do well, we do well.

That said, this modern strain of libertarianism is growing on me. Our government is terribly inept. The refusal of the White House to partner with the tech sector on the failed launch of the health insurance website, healthcare.gov, shows that we need a radical rethinking of government.

So, as long as Paul and his ilk don’t recreate some Hunger Games-style version of ruthless capitalism that leaves the downtrodden without a safety net, and provides ample funding for education and research, perhaps our country could use a government diet.

There is still much more we need to know, but the direction is promising. Watch the full interview below.

Image: Photo by Gage Skidmore under a CC by-SA 2.0 license, composite with a Shutterstock image

http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/08/one-silicon-valley-under-libertarian-hero-senator-rand-paul/

Funny, I Don’t Feel All That Fatigued With Twitter


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In a recent piece in The New York Times, Jenna Wortham says she’s becoming fatigued with Twitter. Basically, she uses all the Twitter discussion around Justin Bieber’s arrest as a springboard for a broader argument about how the service has become less about finding useful, relevant information and more about competing for attention.

As you’d expect, the piece saw its share of praise and criticism. The most common critique seems to be some variant of, “Dude, just unfollow people who are annoying,” but as Wortham and others have noted, that’s easier said than done, because it can be embarrassing or awkward to unfollow someone, even if you’re really tired of their tweets.

There’s another reason why the “just unfollow” argument falls a little flat for me. Wortham is, I think, careful to use the word “we,” particularly in the article’s best passage:

It feels as if we’re all trying to be a cheeky guest on a late-night show, a reality show contestant or a toddler with a tiara on Twitter — delivering the performance of a lifetime, via a hot, rapid-fire string of commentary, GIFs or responses that help us stand out from the crowd. We’re sold on the idea that if we’re good enough, it could be our ticket to success, landing us a fleeting spot in a round-up on BuzzFeed or The Huffington Post, or at best, a writing gig. But more often than not, it translates to standing on a collective soapbox, elbowing each other for room, in the hopes of being credited with delivering the cleverest one-liner or reaction. Much of that ensues in hilarity. Perhaps an equal amount ensues in exhaustion.

In the ensuing discussion, “we” seemed to get transformed into “other people” — sure, Jenna, other people can be annoying on Twitter, so why don’t you unfollow them? The default assumption that it must be other people who are Doing It Wrong on Twitter is … interesting.

Personally, I found the article valuable because I immediately recognized the behavior that Wortham was talking about, and not just in other people, but in myself. I suspect that my default mode on seeing a broader conversation on Twitter is, “How can I say something funny so that everyone will talk about meeeeeee?” (Note also that Wortham isn’t condemning this behavior outright — she admits that it can be entertaining, but also exhausting.)

So as a description of personal experience, I found Wortham’s words to be a valuable reminder to try, at least, to be less self-promotional and less self-absorbed.

On the other hand, as a broader description of “Twitter’s Achilles’ heel” I found the article to be less convincing. As others have noted, Wortham is a reporter who follows nearly 4,000 people and has more than 500,000 followers, so her experience is almost certainly atypical. She actually addresses this in the article itself, arguing, “I think the number of followers you have is often irrelevant,” but I’m dubious. With my own much smaller Twitter following, the dynamics changed as my audience grew, even if the change wasn’t quite as dramatic as I’d expected, and ditto the amount of noise as I started to follow more people.

Yes, Wortham is absolutely making some very interesting anecdotal points, but her piece suffers in my eyes from trying to transform those points into a Big Idea. Has Twitter become less informative and more self-promotional? In my experience, it has always been a mix, and I’m not sure that mix has changed all that significantly. But again, we’re just mashing random pieces of personal experience together and pretending it means something about the company as a whole. That way lies madness. (And by “madness” I mean “asking teenagers what they think about Facebook“.)

But hey, since we’re sharing about anecdotal evidence, I will offer this: Where did I first hear about Wortham’s article? And where did I first see most of the ideas, pro and con, expressed in this post? On Twitter, of course.

[image via Flickr/Twitter]

http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/26/twitter-fatigue-what-twitter-fatigue/

Use Twitter for Blog Comments


A quick tutorial on how to use Twitter to let people comment on your Blog built on Zesty

I’m not in love with Disqus, but I’m a huge fan of Twitter. So why not use Twitter for comments? We did just that, and it worked great! The downfall was twitter only lets you search with their API within the last week. We are looking to store reference to the tweet ID to overcome (an curate) social feeds. More on that soon, onto the tutorial.


Step 1: Setup a Twitter App for your Domain

Head over to https://dev.twitter.com/apps/new and create an application your for your domain. You will need a read only app (read/write will work the same). When you are complete with the setup form on Twitter you will want to create an Access Token.

After setup, you should see these setting for your Twitter App

Step 2: Add your Auth and Token information in Zesty

Log into your Zesty Website (don’t have an account? Tweet me and I’ll set you up with a couple months free). Open up on Styles & Settings, click on General Site Settings. On this view you will see Twitter as a setting option in the left Nav. Click the Twitter link and copy your Consumer Key, Consumer secret, Access Token, and Access Token Secret into the respective fields in Zesty. Save.

Login to Zesty > Styles & settings > General Site Settings > Twitter

Step 3: Create an Ajax file in the Code Editor

Create an HTML AJAX file in Zesty’s Code Editor

Click the code editor Tab. On the left side under PARSLEY FILES, there is a grey cog (gear). Click that gear to reveal 3 create options. You want to select HTML AJAX. Name that file twitter-comments.

In that File paste the code provide here, you can later modify the markup HTML code for your layout/design needs. Note you will want to swap out the @RandyApuzzo with the twitter handle you are using to receive comments.

<ul class=”comments”> {{each api.twitter.hashtag({get_var.hash},40) as tweet}}

  • {{tweet.name}}: {{tweet.text.replace(#{get_var.hash}|

@RandyApuzzo|http(.+?)\s,’’)}} 

<em>{{tweet.created_at}} {{end-each}}
</ul>

A look at the Twitter HTML AJAX file created in Zesty’s Code Editor

Step 4: Create Comment/Tweet Button on your Blog Article Page

Locate your Blog Article view in the Code Editor under Parsley Files. My view file was called “Article”, yours maybe blog-article, simple-blog-article, or whatever you renamed it to. Somewhere on that view (likely below the content) you will need to create a tweet/comment button. Here is the code:

<a class=”share-button custom-popup-button” href=”https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?hashtags=rda{{thispage.zid}}&url={{api.tinyurl.shorten(http://{site.domain.encodeurl()}{thispage.getUrl()})}}&screen_name=randyapuzzo” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-related=”randyapuzzo”><span class=”icon-comments”></span> Comment via Twitter</a>

In that block code, there are three parts in bold you will need to switch. Switch out the data-related=”randyapuzzo” and screen_name=randyapuzzo with the twitter handle you are using to receive the comments. Also switch out the rda with three unique letters for your website. This is the hashtag that is used to search against.

Step 5: Load the comments

In that same article view, you will want to add two lines of code. The first is a div to load the comments into. Code:

<div id=”comments”> loading comments… </div>

The next line is the load script using JQuery which calls out to the Ajax HTML file we created in Step 3. Put this code at the bottom of your view file:

<script type=”text/javascript”> $( function() { $(‘comments’).load(‘/ajax/twitter-comments/?hash=rda{{thispage.zid}}’); });
</script>

One change is needed to the above code. Change the three letter acroynym in bold (rda) with one you used in the step above.

Step 6: Make the Comment/Tweet Button pop-out with JavaScript & LESS Styling

In the Code Editor under Javascript (left panel file list) located main.js. In main.js write this JQuery code:

$(function(){
$(‘.custom-popup-button’).click(function() { var width = 575, height = 400, left = ($(window.innerWidth) — width) / 2, top = ($(window.innerHeight) — height) / 2, url = this.href, opts = ‘status=1′ + ‘,width=’ + width + ‘,height=’ + height + ‘,top=’ + top + ‘,left=’ + left;
window.open(url, ‘twitter’, opts);
return false; });
});

That code will target the button you created in step 4 and make a simple pop-up window for the commenter to enter their tweet in. This step can be skipped, but it adds a nice touch. Here are the styles I use on my www.randyapuzzo.com blog:

.comments{ li { list-style: none; background: #fff; padding: 20px; min-height: 48px; position: relative; clear:both; margin-bottom: 10px; border-left: 3px solid #ccc; em { color: #c7c7c7; position: absolute; top: 6px; right: 8px; font-size: 11px; } img { float: left; margin-right: 20px; } }
}

Test it!

Publish your file changes with the Publish All button in the top right corner of the Code Editor. Then visit your set and write a test comment.

If you have any trouble tweet me @RandyApuzzo

If you haven’t tried Zesty out yet, check it out at http://gozesty.com you can use it all you like without paying up until you send your website live. Have fun!

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