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by Webnme2 on Feb 9th 2012 in WordPress

For those of you using WordPress blogs that are not hosted at WordPress.com, you can now tap into the new Blackbird Pie Functionality with the Blackbird Pie Plugin.  Once you have the plugin, it is as simple as adding the unique URL (see code example below) of a Tweet to display a Tweet with interactive information like this Tweet from TexBob about a very cool JQuery Plugin.  (The black sketch marks around the tweet are from TexBob’s Twitter background image)

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https://twitter.com/#!/texbob/status/167342570857435136


Here’s another example

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https://twitter.com/smashingmag/statuses/167398603231473664


jQuery Collapse: a lightweight jQuery plugin that enables expanding and collapsing content – http://t.co/oSTaftpp
@smashingmag
Smashing Magazine

The same Tweet(s) can be reproduced by using a shortcode like this on a separate line:

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[blackbirdpie id="167342570857435136"]

You can get the plugin from within your WordPress Dashboard – just click on Plugins/Add New and search for Blackbird.

Okay, so how do you get those URL’s to use? If you are using the new Twitter, you can click on the post, click on details, click on embed and then select “link”. If you are using the old Twitter, you can click on the post to display it, right click on the date/time stamp, and pick copy shortcut (Internet Explorer).

For how to do it information, check out:  http://en.support.wordpress.com/twitter-blackbird-pie/#using-twitter-blackbird-pie

And for additional information about this and the new version of Twitter, check out:  https://dev.twitter.com/blog/tweets-and-buttons

For those of you who are using a WordPress blog on WordPress.com, the plugin is not necessary. You can simply put the URL of the Tweet into your blog on a separate line to get the same result.

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