WordPress and Twitter have developed critical acclaim as two of the most important social networking sites. WordPress plugins for Twitter help the social networker integrate these two sites. For example, Twitter Tools, a WordPress plugin, allows you to combine your Twitter and your WordPress blog. Another WordPress plugin, Wickett Twitter Widget, show your tweets in your WordPress blog's sidebar. The Twitter Updater is particularly useful in integrating your Twitter and WordPress account. This plugin updates your Twitter Status automatically every time you make a change to your WordPress blog. This allows those following your Tweets and blog to be more quickly notified of new blog posts. Twitter Updater can be disabled for specific posts.
Although many Twitter and Wordpress users are tech savvy, many are not and may find themselves bogged down in the variety of plugin choices. Also, many Twitter users may have simple needs when it comes to their WordPress plugins. For those looking for a relatively simple plugin, Twitter Widget Pro, may be one of the best choices. This plugin installs easily and is ideal for those with less complex needs.
The plugins listed here are only a sampling of the many plugins available. Check out these links for more information.
This page on the WordPress website offers a complete directory of the WordPress plugins for Twitter. The plugins are rated on a scale of zero to five stars and a brief description is given of each, making it easier for the average users to figure out which plugin they are looking for.
Socialite is a WordPress plugin that allows you to use your WordPress blog to post on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. This webpage, from the website of the creator of Socialite, gives a fuller description of Socialite and provides installation instructions and an installation link. It also answers common questions about Socialite.
This page is from the website of Andrew Jaswa, the creator of the Wordpress plugin, Bird Feeder. The page offers current version information on Bird Feeder and gives a link for installation. Although, Jaswa has only used his plugin on WordPress 2.7, he believes that it will operate with older versions. Bird Feeder has a simple job as a plugin. It Tweets whenever you make a Twitter post.
This site is the home site for various Wordpress plugin projects, including Twitter Tools. With Twitter Tools, you can put your Tweets in your blog posts. Also, Twitter Tools allows you to put new Tweets on your Twitter, while your are using your WordPress blog. Besides Tweet Tools, this site gives descriptions and installation links for various other Wordpress plugins. Among these are Popularity Contest, WordPress Mobile addition, and Share This.