Twitter and Mastodon widget upgrades

Update: July 27, 2023: Twitter have changed the way that their widgets work. You will only see the latest tweets inside the widget if you are also logged in to Twitter in the same web browser. If you are not logged in to Twitter, you will see only the most-liked tweets of a particular user inside the widget.

We’ve just upgraded our Twitter widgets to use Twitter’s fully-featured embeddable content. You will now see more information associated with each tweet, such follower counts, like counts and links to comment threads. Twitter have recently discontinued the ability to freely access their API to perform searches, so our old “Twitter search” widget is no longer available.

We’re always upgrading and monitoring our ability to extract a large variety of content feeds. This includes automatically detecting feeds from the Mastodon social network. Simply click the “Add widgets” button at the top of your Protopage, and paste any Mastodon URL into the “Add a news widget for any web site” box in the top left.

6 Responses to “Twitter and Mastodon widget upgrades”

  1. Matthew Says:

    1 ) How do I display my Twitter feed, like all the accounts I follow.
    2) The widget above displays an extra unwanted vertical scroll bar ?

  2. Protopage Team Says:

    Ah, thanks for pointing out the double-scrollbar issue. That’s now fixed – please reload your page to see the difference.

    Twitter have recently removed open access to their API, which previously allowed us to show you your home timeline. This is why we had to remove that feature. Now, you need to add a separate Twitter widget for each particular Twitter user you follow.

  3. matthew Says:

    Sounds like sombody needs to create a twitterbot that relays all you acounts to a achieve this?

  4. Protopage Team Says:

    Since Twitter are charging a premium for access to their API, they would probably block any such bot that tried to bypass it.

  5. chamlin Says:

    Twitter rendering is still so messed up.
    1. I have opened my protopage tab with twitter widget feeds on Firefox, Chrome, Brave browsers.
    2. In each browser, I first log into twitter, then I open the protopage tab.
    3. Firefox just shows white blank spaces.
    4. Brave takes about 45 seconds to load, then populates with tweets from 2021 & 2022.
    5. Chrome takes around 30 seconds, and though the images are not crisp, it does populate with current tweets.
    6. I have uBlockOrigin and Badger Privacy turned OFF for Protopage.

  6. Protopage Team Says:

    Hi Chamlin, the Twitter widgets are provided by Twitter directly, so the speed of loading is not under our control. A browser will show only the most popular tweets, which may be old, if you are not also logged in to Twitter in the same browser. Unfortunately, some browser privacy features will block Twitter from knowing you are logged in to Twitter, so it can take some experimentation to ensure it is allowed if you have lots of browser privacy settings turned on.