Ever tried to catch and publish a twitter conversation? Hard, isn’t it, especially at WordPress.com where the lay-out is often difficult to control, if you just copy and paste.
Tweets also tend to disappear after approximately 3-4 weeks. Thus if you want to capture them you should do it (relatively) soon after they have been tweeted.
A month ago I gave a presentation where I showed medical students a real fancy twitter-application with tweets of doctors, patients and nurses giving them advice on how to use web 2.0 tools in medicine. Now the tweets have all gone….
But the new Twitter Tool QuoteURL, developed by Fabricio Zuardi, offers a perfect solution.
It is a very intuitive and easy tool that allows you to collect several tweets, for instance answers to a question. A maximum of 4 tweets per quote are allowed for unregistered tweeps and 10 after free registration. The 10-tweet limit is only meant to keep Twitter API quotas under control, but you can twitter @fczuardi or email fabricio at fabricio dot org to ask for an exception (source: comment of Fabricio at onlinejournalismblog.com)
You can collect tweets in two ways:
1. Enter the Twitter status URL or ID (click on the date or on “view tweet”, depending on the interface). For instance http://twitter.com/laikas/statuses/2115296397. You can easily gather the tweets in a text or word file, till you need them. This is for instance suitable for the series Top of the Tweets, where I collect funny tweets over time.
2. Drag or drop the tweet-URL’s from a split screen that shows pop-ups of Twitter Home or Twitter Search in a separated window. Perform a search (figure) or go to your Twitter home page to drag permalinks into the text-field. Just drag the line that would show the url when you click on it.
QuoteURL arranges tweets chronologically, so you can drag them in in any order.
After you have collected the tweets you press the Save button and the permalink is created. To embed the Quote in your blogpost just copy the <!– QuoteURL styled embed start –> (lower right) in the HTML-view of your blog and the code appears)
- Tweets can be collected by copy-pasting of the tweet URL’s or by dragging and dropping.
- Tweets are ordered chronologically
- The Quote can be saved as a permalink
- You can mail the URL to someone or you can post it directly on your blog by copy-pasting of the embedded code
- The individual tweet-URL’s can still be produced (click on dates).
Below is an example of a Quote made with QuoteURL. I thought it would be nice to show a recent discussion with the maker of QuoteURL @fczuardi. The permalink is: http://www.quoteurl.com/by608
WordPress.com shrinks the lay-out after saving. Other hosts may let the style intact. Still I find the result pretty awesome.
The video gives more details about the whole procedure.