It is possible to embed a Twitter feed, search, or hash tag into a content item or announcement that you add to your Blackboard course. Note that this method may stop working if Twitter change the way their service works. Twitter is a third party web site and iSolutions cannot be held responsible for the content held on it. iSolutions does not support Twitter. Users should read the Twitter terms and conditions. Please also be aware that you should use a Mac or PC when following this guide as the widget settings for Twitter are not available on the mobile site.
1. Having logged into Twitter, go to https://twitter.com/settings/widgets
2. Click on the Create New button.
3. Choose which type of Widget you would like to use.
User timeline: Recent tweets by a twitter user.
Favourites: The tweets that have been set as “favourites” of a certain twitter user.
List: Tweets from a specific list of users.
Search: tweets that match your desired search criteria. This is very useful for showing tweets with a certain hashtag or key phrase, e.g. #sotonuniwins
The rest of this guide will use the Search option, but each widget works in much the same way.
4. Start filling in the rest of the options:
Search Query: The term you wish to search for, e.g. a hashtag.
Only show top tweets: ticking this option will only show what Twitter believe to be the best matches.
Safe Search Mode: tick this to exclude sensitive and profane tweets.
Auto-expand photos: tick this box to allow photos uploaded via services such as twitpic to be shown with the tweet in which they were posted.
Height: Set the height of the widget in pixels. The default should be fine.
Theme: You can choose between a light and dark theme
Link Colour: Choose the colour in which links appear. The default should be fine.
Opt-out of tailoring Twitter: tick this box if you wish to prevent twitter from suggesting tweets you may be interested in based on your usage of twitter.
5. Click on Create Widget.
6. Below the preview some code will appear. Copy this to your computer clipboard.
7. Now we will go to Blackboard https://blackboard.soton.ac.uk
8. Identify where in your Blackboard course you would like to place the feed, add the item, announcement etc. Add the item desired.
9. Set a Name, and any relevant text in the text box.
10. Click on the HTML button within the text box to open HTML mode. This will allow you to enter the HTML code required to embed the twitter feed.
Paste code into Blackboard
11. Paste the text you copied into the clipboard from Twitter into the Blackboard text box. One way to do this is to right click within the text box and choose paste or press CTRL + V. Click on Update to finish.
12. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Submit button.
13. The twitter widget you have chosen will now be embedded.