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oEmbedding twitter updates with Java and WordPress


I’m really a big fan of oEmbed. My project Daily Fratze acts as oEmbed provider and consumer for example.

Now I’m really happy that twitter announced that it now acts as an oembed provider:

(I’d even be happier if twitter would autodiscover providers 😉 )

To use this in a Java based application you can use my java-oembed lib with the following configuration:

Oembed oembed = new OembedBuilder(this.httpClient)
			new OembedProviderBuilder()
	.withHandlers(new CommonHandler("twitter"))

The handler looks like this:

import org.apache.commons.lang.StringEscapeUtils;
import org.jsoup.nodes.Document;
import org.jsoup.nodes.Element;
import ac.simons.oembed.OembedResponse;
import ac.simons.oembed.OembedResponseHandler;
public class CommonHandler implements OembedResponseHandler {
	private String handlerFor;
	public CommonHandler(String handlerFor) {
		this.handlerFor = handlerFor;
	public String getFor() {
		return handlerFor;
	public void handle(Document document, Element a, OembedResponse response) {
		final StringBuilder hlp = new StringBuilder();
		final String title = StringEscapeUtils.escapeHtml(response.getTitle());
		if(response.getType().equalsIgnoreCase("video") || response.getType().equalsIgnoreCase("rich")) {
			hlp.append("<span style=\"display:block; text-align:center;\">");
		} else if(response.getType().equalsIgnoreCase("photo")) {			
			hlp.append("<span style=\"display:block; text-align:center;\">");			
			hlp.append(String.format("<img src=\"%s\" alt=\"%s\" title=\"%s\" style=\"width: %d; height: %d;\" />", response.getUrl(), title, title, response.getWidth(), response.getHeight()));			

Be careful to get the latest release, twitter has some real large values for cache ages and i needed to update a member from int to long.

To have WordPress automatically embed statusupdates, add the following line to the “functions.php” of your current theme. Create the file if it isn’t available in the root folder of your theme:

wp_oembed_add_provider('#https?://\#!/[a-z0-9_]{1,20}/status/\d+#i', '', true);

Whenever you add the plain link (whithout an anchor tag) to a statusupdate on a single line in a post, it will be embedded like the example above.


If you are more into plugins, just download my Enable Twitter oEmbed WordPress plugin, install it and you’re good to go.

An alternative to oEmbed for Twitter was the Twitter Blackbird Pie Plugin for WordPress, but why adding more stuff if everything else is already there? My plugin is much more lightweight.

Embedding me looks like this, by the way:

michael | ...täglich frisch!

the picture will always show my latest update on daily fratze.

As this is probably the last post here for this year, i wish every visitor some nice christmas holidays!

Java stuff


Here is some Java stuff I’ve written over the last year for Daily Fratze. All of the stuff is in use on Daily Fratze since June 2011.

java-akismet is a simple client for Akismet based on the latest version of Apache HttpComponents.
I really like the idea of oEmbed: A mechanism for auto embedding stuff from other sites so that users don’t have to paste some html code into a textbox but just plain links. This is my version of a configurable Java client that can autodetect oEmbed endpoints as well as statically configured endpoints.
This is my idea of an autolinker based on jsoup. If you want to get autolinking right, you have to parse the text. Just scanning for regex that matches urls or email addresses is not enough. This autolinker first parses the text into a DOM tree and passes all text nodes to the configured linkers. At the moment it supports URLs, email addresses and twitter handles.

I’d be happy if someone can actually use this stuff too or even contribute to it :)