Now that Twitter API v1.0 is retired, quite a few custom twitter widgets out in the wild are going to need updating. With the help of some friends, we’ve put together Bean Tweets Plugin – a pretty solid plugin for Bean Themes & others – that displays your tweets with Twitter’s updated API.

The plugin generates a Twitter widget, which requires Twitter API Access Tokens in order to function properly (a requirement of Twitter’s API update). Here’s a quick and easy tutorial walking you through the necessary steps:

1. Create a Developer Account:

Set yourself up a Developer Account (free) on Twitter. You will use your normal Twitter username and password.

2. Create an Application:

Once you have created an account and are logged in successfully,
Create an Application on the twitter dev site you will need to create the application. Select “My Applications” from the drop-down under your profile avatar (top-right). Next, select the “Create a new application” button to the right.

To create your application, enter the application details on the next page (name, description, website), click to accept the agreement, enter the captcha and press the “Create your Twitter application” button.

3. Create your Access Token:

Once you’ve created the application, you’ll need to create an access token with your Twitter app. To do this, simply click the “Create my access token” located at the bottom of the app page. The page will reload with your access token successfully created.

4. Grabbing your codes:

There are four access tokens required to get your widget functioning properly (consumer key, consumer secret, access token, access token secret). All you need to do now is click on the “OAuth tool” tab and you’ll see them populating the first four fields.
tut3Now you’re all set to input your codes in widgets & plugins built on Twitter API v1.1 – such as our own Bean Tweets Plugin. Have fun!