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planetabhi on 06/01/12


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Render your Twitter followers count in your wordpress blog


 / Published in: PHP
 

Add this snippet to the functions.php to render your twitter followers count. Replace 'planetabhi' with your twitter screen name

  1. function my_followers_count($screen_name = 'planetabhi'){
  2. $key = 'my_followers_count_' . $screen_name;
  3.  
  4. // Let's see if we have a cached version
  5. $followers_count = get_transient($key);
  6. if ($followers_count !== false)
  7. return $followers_count;
  8. else
  9. {
  10. // If there's no cached version we ask Twitter
  11. $response = wp_remote_get("http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.json?screen_name={$screen_name}");
  12. if (is_wp_error($response))
  13. {
  14. // In case Twitter is down we return the last successful count
  15. return get_option($key);
  16. }
  17. else
  18. {
  19. // If everything's okay, parse the body and json_decode it
  20. $json = json_decode(wp_remote_retrieve_body($response));
  21. $count = $json->followers_count;
  22.  
  23. // Store the result in a transient, expires after 1 day
  24. // Also store it as the last successful using update_option
  25. set_transient($key, $count, 60*60*24);
  26. update_option($key, $count);
  27. return $count;
  28. }
  29. }
  30. }
  31.  
  32. echo "I have " . my_followers_count('planetabhi') . " followers";

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