Twitter Fans (WordPress Plugin)

I was looking for a plugin that can show my twitter followers in a box very much like Facebook’s fan widget. Found a couple but their presentation was not what I was looking for AND the thing that bothered me most was that they needed both your username and password to work.

I have strong opinion about developing applications that are smart and simple. So I created this plugin. After you activate, it gives you a new widget called Twitter Fans. Just drag n drop it in the sidebar. And set your username (that’s the only required thing). You can leave the rest empty.

Download from official WordPress plugin repository.

And of course, I would highly recommend you to follow me: @SohailAbid

Here is a screenshot of both the administration and how it appears on site:

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Ghost December 16, 2009 Reply

Great Plugin man..would be use it soon on my website

Ian Mayman December 16, 2009 Reply

That’s cool and I’ll use it, but I wish there was an HTML version as well, one that could be put either into an regular HTML website or onto a Facebook profile page.

SocialBlogr December 17, 2009 Reply

Really nice plugins. Why you don’t make it works for Blogger? Hmm, I will use it if any.

Carma December 17, 2009 Reply

Hi Sohail,
I installed your plugin and got this error:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function: curl_setopt_array() in /homepages/27/d180914401/htdocs/homesweethomepage/wp-content/plugins/twitter-fans-widget.php on line 101

Any ideas?


– Carma

Sohail Abid December 18, 2009

The error means your host does not support cURL library. Which should not be the case. You may request support to enable cURL.

Wes Linda December 22, 2009 Reply

Tried this, no images are coming over from twitter. Empty images on the blog. Any ideas?

perro December 22, 2009 Reply

great!! thankz for sharing this…i probably use this

Dave Seldon December 22, 2009 Reply

Installed the plugin but got fatal error on activation “Class ‘WP_Widget’ not found in …/twitter-fans/twitter-fans.php on line 11

This is on wp2.7.1

Will upgrading to 2.9 solve this?

Dave Seldon

Sohail Abid December 23, 2009

Yes Dave. This plugin is for WordPress 2.8 and above.

Nitin Kumar Jain December 27, 2009 Reply

This is really a cool plugin .. Thanks for creating it … Great work …

Siddanth December 28, 2009 Reply

i uploaded the folder to wp-content/plugins but it doesn get detected in plugins how do i activate it using wp 2.9

Enrico Ferretti December 28, 2009 Reply

Hello can you please let me know how to resize the box of this widget, is too large for the right column of my blog.
Thank’s in advance.

Momekh December 30, 2009 Reply

Isn’t the usage of cURL a redundant thing in WP 2.8 and above? I heard somewhere in the WP plugin dev community that using cURL gives the problem that one of your users just faced, that the lib is sometimes not accessible to the WP system. Any thoughts on that?

And I am d/l’ing this right now, will be nagging you a lot more regarding plugin dev than you’d find comfortable :P

Gr8 going and good luck in the future m’man :)
God bless and peace out,

Gulfam Mustafa December 31, 2009 Reply

Tried this, no images are coming over from twitter. Empty images on the blog. Any ideas?

Jim MacDonald December 31, 2009 Reply

Thanks for Twitter Fans Widget A WordPress Plugin.

Real cool only putting in my user name and bingo up pop my Twitter fans – on my website. Using WP 2.9.

TonyB January 4, 2010 Reply

Great Plugin, Is is possible to change the size of the follower pictures so they are smaller?

Cheryl Ann January 6, 2010 Reply

I like this widget, but I have a question. Why does it display my real name? I do not want it to do that. I entered my Twitter name in the form. Please let me know if I need to do something else. Thanks!

Kendra January 7, 2010 Reply

Great widget. Quick question? Is there a way to randomly rotate the followers, rather than showing the same ones all the time? Like every time a new follower is added, it updates on the widget? Thanks so much!

Jay Versluis January 8, 2010 Reply

SUPERB Plugin, exactly what I was looking for. I share your philosophy about “why ask for a password when it’s not needed”. Well done!

Slight snag though: I’ve got it running on, and it works a treat. However, on two other sites I run (different server) it doesn’t seem to work. The widget appearrs, but neither the title nor the followers or pictures are displayed. Curl is installed on both servers. Any ideas?

– make the widget sizable (width)

Jay Versluis January 8, 2010 Reply

I checked this again with another site, it has to be the server configuration. They’re both Linux (CentOS distributions). One is a virtual server with 32-bit OS (Plugin working fine), the other one is a dedicated server with 64-bit OS (not working).

Cancun January 8, 2010 Reply

First I congratulate you on excellent plugin, the problem that I have is that my sidebar does not admit widget, for what I have not insert it to place it by means of php I have used the following judgment and and not working some suggestion sorry for my English

Marco January 9, 2010 Reply

I Quote Cheryl Ann.
Tried to change twitterfans_username to user_screen_name but fail.
Any tips???

Jessi January 10, 2010 Reply

Is there a way I can hardcode this into the sidebar instead of using the widget? It’s because I customized my sidebar in a different way.

lucas February 3, 2010 Reply

Is there any way to adjust the width of the widget? I have a fb list on my page as well (like the above graphic) but I had to adjust it to fit on my sidebar. Can I do this? Please help!!!

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