TwitConnect Plugin Now Integrates Twitter and BuddyPress for Single Sign-on and Avatars

TwitConnect plugin has been around for a year or so but it was recently updated to be compatible with BuddyPress. This plugin was written by Shannon Whitley and utilizes oAuth to authenticate users on your site with Twitter. Adding this plugin is a great way to get more people commenting on your WordPress blog and interacting with your BuddyPress site members. This plugin caters to the average impatient micro-blogger who doesn’t want to be inconvenienced with signing up for any more accounts. This type of user is happy to use Twitter for everything, including posting tweets to friends in neighboring cubicles. ;) Using this plugin will assist you in acquiring new members by making your site instantly more accessible to people through Twitter, even if they just want to pop in and leave a few comments on the blog. Showing a user’s Twitter avatar is preferable to him posting as a guest with the default avatar. Depending on the targeted demographic of your user base, installing this plugin may offer a great number of benefits to you.

TwitConnect Options and Features

All of these options are available under Settings >> TwitConnect once the plugin is installed:

  • Hosted or self-hosted oAuth option
  • Show or hide button on the comment page
  • Commenting with Twitter avatars
  • Avatars hosted with TwitConnect Image Service or Self-hosted
  • “Tweet this comment” option
  • Customize comment page text, login text, and button positioning
  • Option to point author link to Twitter profile
  • Customize redirection after login

The only drawback is that even though users who connect through Twitter are added to the member directory, they cannot have profiles unless they register the normal way through BuddyPress. They can, however, post updates to the activity stream. I would like to see the option for posting on the site to be restricted or unrestricted, because chances are that site owners will have different preferences concerning what a user can do when logging in via a third party. Not being able to post might cause users to want to register once they’ve had a chance to get involved with your site’s content. Considering that it is just now compatible with BuddyPress, I’m sure the plugin will evolve with more users helping to add new features to the code for their own requirements. Check it out and get in touch with Shannon Whitley if you have any questions or would like make any suggestions.