Permeability with Twitter & Facebook
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Greetings all. In trying to grow our commons in a box-based community (commons.digitalarchaeology.msu.edu), we’ve had many people say that they like the idea, but just can’t cope with yet another network/platform/etc. A lot of our members and potential members are active on other social networks (primarily Twitter). So, we’re looking for ways to facilitate the permeability and porosity between our site and Twitter (and perhaps other social networks). Looks like there are lots of plugins that allow posting to Twitter, Facebook, etc from within CBOX. However, is there any way to pull tweets into CBOX (say, a specific hashtag)?
Any other thoughts about making CBOX less siloe’ed (“just one more thing to post in”) and more integrated with broader social networks?
You could try integrating IndieWeb with CBOX. You would probably have to use a compatible theme, since IndeWeb has some fairly stringent requirements regarding microformats. Also, I don’t think there’s much in the way of BuddyPress integration yet, but that might not be too hard to achieve.
A few thoughts:
1. What do you mean by “pull tweets into CBOX”? Are you thinking of something like what we have on the CUNY Academic Commons ( https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/twitter/ ), which pulls tweets from hashtags, user accounts, and lists onto a page, or are you hoping to have tweets feed into group feeds and notifications? I believe all of that is possible in different ways, but it depends on what you want.
2. You can think about allowing twitter/facebook accounts to be used to authenticate logins to the CBOX site, which might make it easier for people to get in and out of the CBOX space
3. I’m assuming you have reply-by-email activated, but if not, you should — it will allow users to reply to forum threads by clicking “reply” from their email accounts
4. Reply-by-email also allows people to create group posts through addresses that are unique to their accounts. But the addresses are a bit messy/convoluted, and can’t really be memorized since they contain long strings of randomized characters. we are working on a new thing for the CUNY Academic Commons (and I think we have released it is a CBOX plugin, though Ray can confirm) that allows people to set specific addresses for groups so that when users want to start new threads, they just have to write an email to the group address (which can be something like firstname.lastname@example.org — e.g. email@example.com ). This will make posting to groups more like posting to a listserv
But a lot of this depends on how you have set up your site and how you are using it — ie, are you using blogs and groups?
I hope that some of this is helpful!
Wasn’t thinking about anything specific…mostly just ideas to overcome the issue we’re having.
Lowest hanging fruit would be pushing specific twitter hashtags into a group’s activity stream (the idea being that the activities of the group extend beyond what is happening on the CBOX site…but the CBX site is acting as a hub of sorts to draw everything together).
Matt – the CUNY Academic Commons Twitter feed looks like something that might be helpful. Looks like its a combination of tweets from people on a specific list, tweets with a specific hashtag, and tweets coming from the @cunycommons account? Is this a custom built thing, or is a plugin managing it?
There was a really cool plugin that previously did this. It hasn’t been updated in a while, and doesn’t work anymore, but might be worth investigating if you were thinking of developing something:
Jared – that is pretty much along the lines of what I was looking for…and combined with plugins that allow you to push outward to other social media networks…this would have worked well. Pity it isn’t working.
I’d like to add Keyring to this thread as a possible solution. It’s credited to Automattic (amongst others) so it should have decent support. To quote from the FAQ:
Keyring just provides a framework for handling connections to external services. You need to download another plugin which makes use of Keyring to do anything useful (e.g. an importer or content-syncing plugin).
You can find these additional plugins with a search of the WordPress Plugin Directory. They seem to cover all the major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram etc. There is also a Developers Guide if you need to write one for a service that isn’t covered.