So long, and thanks for all the tweets! Twitter’s new API, and what it means for SlideDeck24 Comments
All good things come to an end sometime, and unfortunately, the Twitter Content Source in SlideDeck 2 is no exception.Yesterday, Twitter finally retired version 1 of its API, which SlideDeck relies upon to enable you guys to pull your tweets into your sliders. This means that if you’re using the Twitter content source for any of your sliders, you’re likely staring at a blank space on your page right now, and are full of questions, the most common of which I’m going to attempt to answer below.
Why not just use the new version of the API?
We’d love to, but there are new restrictions associated with V1.1 of the API, including: the requirement to regularly re-connect your Twitter account to your SlideDecks, and strict formatting of tweets, giving us less flexibility to style your tweets’ appearance within your SlideDeck Lenses.
Both of these restrictions make Twitter pretty impractical for us to work with as a Content Source for SlideDeck, since they’d require you to manually babysit your Twitter sliders, and you’d have far less control over how they are visually presented on your site.
What alternatives do I have?
If you desperately need to embed your tweets into your website, the official Twitter widget is a decent option. We’re also currently searching for other viable plugins that will dovetail with SlideDeck, and will let you know as soon as we find any good candidates.
Will you ever bring Twitter support back to SlideDeck?
Well, it all depends – tell us in the comments how much you’d like us to explore re-integrating with Twitter in SlideDeck!