Twitter’s stupid widget and the work around!

Oh good lord! Twitter’s widget was such a pain.. recently we came across a project where we had to fit in the twitter widget in a finite space (the side navigation bar to be precise) ani that stupid widget had a fixed width..
now now.. I think we all are familiar with a saying..

No design at all is better than a bad design.

You can imagine how ugly it must have looked? A navbar with scrollbars both vertical and horizontal!! 😀
So we went to the google temple for suggestions and came across webdesigner memphis  and their article that introduced us to Jason Mayes’s Twitter API. The twitter API was a cool concept and exactly what we had been looking for.

It makes use of the over bloated widgets Twitter gives us to put on our sites, cuts out all the nonsense (and non semantic markup), and returns to us our raw tweet text so we can do with it as we please and style it how we want on our own website – like it should be. Instructions on how to get it working with our tweets were in the code comments, and we just did what it said!

Pretty neat huh? 🙂 We will share the work with you soon.. till then, take care! 🙂


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