I would like to include a subset of tweets I make on my professional web development site.

Now, twitter provides two applicable widgets: a profile widget and a search widget

Unfortunately, the profile widget shows everything I tweet (including off-topic tweets that I don't want shown on my site).

On the other hand, the search widget generally only shows tweets that I have made in the last 24 hours, and apparently doesn't search back very far.

Here's an example of the search widget in action on my site: http://royronalds.com/log.html (showing only one match of what should be many, because that's the only recent match).

And here are the widgets: http://twitter.com/widgets

Is there any way to create a topic-filtered widget, to show only on-topic tweets?

  • The twitter widgets have improved significantly since September 2010. They accomplish most of what you want, or rather there are many more choices now, see twitter.com/about/resources/widgets Commented Sep 3, 2011 at 17:51
  • Pretty much identical to what it was, actually.
    – Kzqai
    Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 0:58
  • There's the Favorites widget which wasn't available before. That will get you past the 1-3 day time window constraint. You would be limited to only those tweets you starred, but that way you'd have total control over what was displayed on a professional website. Last idea: Try the advanced search and operators when you configure the profile widget: twitter.com/#!/search-advanced Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 21:15
  • That's true, but would result in a really static effect and I'd have to favorite my own posts all the time. What I was doing was essentially having a filtered search where I put in a lot of topic keywords (e.g. coding, html, html5, webdesign, etc), so when I posted on those they'd show up. But the small day limit meant usually nothing with those keywords showed up, left a blank app. So it may be that the only solution is self-storage, unfortunately. Or some third-party app that does the same.
    – Kzqai
    Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 14:19

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You can use the RSS feed from Twitter, store the entries in your database (to get past the 24/72 hour limit) and use a #hashtag or similar which you can check for to see if should be published.

How often you check the feed, how purge database entries and how many #hashtags you use is up to you and the amount of time you have.

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    Twitter apparently dropped support for RSS feeds back in March 2013 unfortunately.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 20:37

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