Twitter sidebar for Octopress

Since Twitter has decommissioned the old Twitter API, the Twitter sidebar in Octopress based blogs has stopped working. A few blogs have started to add the new Twitter widget to the sidebar but its quite garish.

My solution just copies the Google Plus sidebard and re-formats for Twitter - just refer the bottom right in the sidebar of this page to see it in action

New sidebar file

Create a new file source/_includes/custom/asides/twitter2.html

{% if site.twitter_user %}
  <section class="twitter2">
    <h1>
      <a href="https://twitter.com/{{ site.twitter_user }}">
        <img src="https://twitter.com/images/resources/twitter-bird-light-bgs.png" width="32" height="32">
          {{ site.twitter_user }}
      </a>
    </h1>
</section>
{% endif %}

CSS

Update the sass/partials/sidebar/_googleplus.scss and add in

.twitter2
{
  @extend .googleplus;
}

Note: I’m not using the googleplus class for the new twitter sidebar as it causes problem for my Octopress / Google Plus comments javascript

Config

In _config.yml add the new sidebar file to the default_asides

default_asides: [custom/asides/twitter2.html, ...

Remove the original asides/twitter.html from the default_asides: line

Justin Kelly

Justin Kelly

Web Developer, Business Analytics, Data Engineer specialising in PHP and Tableau

Based in Melbourne, Australia

Feel free to contact me justin@kelly.org.au or _justin_kelly

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