I find a bit amusing how quickly technology can change what is considered normal vernacular in the world. I never thought I’d live to see the day where “Tweeting” would stop being associated with just birds and become something that hundreds of millions of people would be doing every day — life’s funny like that.
With over 280 million active users and over 500 million tweets made every day, Twitter is undoubtedly one of the most popular Social Media channels. As the popular platform grew in popularity, command for easy online social sharing began to grow as well, which has produced quite a few Twitter based plugins for WordPress.
Just which are the best Twitter plugins for WordPress? Well, that one is a bit of a tossup, but here are a few top choices.
Simple Twitter Tweets
If you’d like a Twitter plugin that displays both your most recent tweets and has a Twitter follow button that can be added, then this may be the plugin for you. Simple Twitter Tweets is compatible with the latest Twitter OAuth API and can even display your tweets when Twitter is down.
Simply follow the instructions given for installing the plugin and your widgets will be ready to use. The twitter feed widget even has the ability to let visitors reply, retweet and favorite your tweets without leaving your site. It’s simple to setup and easier to use.
WP Twitter Feeds
Just want to display tweets in good ol’ Twitter fashion? Then this plugin could be what you’re looking for. Installation is only 3 steps and your widget will be ready for action.
You can choose between a light theme or a dark theme, and you can define the color of the intent buttons of the widget (reply, favorite, retweet buttons).
Even though Jetpack isn’t defined as a Twitter plugin, it does have one really nice Twitter related functions that can be activated after installing it in the back-end:
The Jetpack Auto Publish Module.
The Auto Publish module, once activated, allows a user to connect one or even multiple Twitter accounts in the settings are so that, when published, the post will be automatically tweeted out to those accounts. This is nice for eliminating the time that it would take to do so manually.
This is nice for eliminating the time that it would take to do so manually.
Monarch by Elegant Themes
Monarch is a new Social Sharing plugin tool by Elegant Themes. The plugin has both Follow and Share capabilities that can be placed in multiple areas including a shortcode function for displaying follow options in posts or pages.
Though not mainly for Twitter, the plugin is rather impressive with its display and customization features. And unlike other plugins that run and hide with no place to be found when browsed on a mobile device, Monarch has mobile share display options so that you’re good to go when your visitors what to share your content from a phone or other device.
It’s a powerful tool that is quickly becoming a crowd favorite.
Whether it is simply displaying tweets or hoping to increase your Twitter following, WordPress plugins are a great and easy way to achieve both.
Do you have a favorite Twitter plugin? Be sure to share below.