Setting up Twitter API, getting the last few Tweets

I am completely new to using Twitter in general and have never embedded "latest tweets" on any project. I am simply trying to embed the 3-4 newest tweets on the site footer with no additional features of functionality. I have been researching how to do this for quite some time now and having some trouble.

I added the following code snippet to the project, which works quite well, however, I am not sure how to update the snippet so it uses my Twitter account instead of the one it is set up with.

    <div id="twitter_update_list">
    <script type="text/javascript" src="">

In addition, I keep reading that the most commonly used Twitter API will stop working soon because Twitter wants people to use their own, as opposed to third party.

I am not sure how to proceed from here. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions in this regard. To recap, all I am trying to do is grab the 3-4 latest tweets from my account.

many thanks in advance!



So you REALLY don't want to do this client-side anymore. (Just went through numerous docs, and devs suggest to do all oAuth server-side)

What you need to do:

First: sign up on, and make a new application.

Second: NOTE: Your Consumer Key / Secret along with Access Token / Secret

Third: Download Twitter OAuth Library (In this case I used the PHP Library , additional libraries located here:

Fourth: (If using PHP) Make sure cURL is enabled if your running on a LAMP here's the command you need:

sudo apt-get install php5-curl

Fifth: Make a new PHP file and insert the following: Thanks to Tom Elliot

require_once("twitteroauth/twitteroauth/twitteroauth.php"); //Path to twitteroauth library you downloaded in step 3

$twitteruser = "twitterusername"; //user name you want to reference
$notweets = 30; //how many tweets you want to retrieve
$consumerkey = "12345"; //Noted keys from step 2
$consumersecret = "123456789"; //Noted keys from step 2
$accesstoken = "123456789"; //Noted keys from step 2
$accesstokensecret = "12345"; //Noted keys from step 2

function getConnectionWithAccessToken($cons_key, $cons_secret, $oauth_token, $oauth_token_secret) {
  $connection = new TwitterOAuth($cons_key, $cons_secret, $oauth_token, $oauth_token_secret);
  return $connection;

$connection = getConnectionWithAccessToken($consumerkey, $consumersecret, $accesstoken, $accesstokensecret);

$tweets = $connection->get("".$twitteruser."&count=".$notweets);

echo json_encode($tweets);
echo $tweets; //testing remove for production   

And boom, you're done. I know this isn't a pure js solution but again reading through the new Twitter API 1.1 docs they REALLY don't want you to do this client-side. Hope this helps!


How to get last few tweets of user with core PHP functionality only (no CURL or Twitter oAuth library needed):

  1. Register your app/webpage (You may need to verify your personal account mobile number too)

  2. Note Consumer Key and Consumer Secret

  3. PHP Code:

    // auth parameters
    $api_key = urlencode('REPLACEWITHAPPAPIKEY'); // Consumer Key (API Key)
    $api_secret = urlencode('REPLACEWITHAPPAPISECRET'); // Consumer Secret (API Secret)
    $auth_url = ''; 
    // what we want?
    $data_username = 'Independent'; // username
    $data_count = 10; // number of tweets
    $data_url = '';
    // get api access token
    $api_credentials = base64_encode($api_key.':'.$api_secret);
    $auth_headers = 'Authorization: Basic '.$api_credentials."\r\n".
                    'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded;charset=UTF-8'."\r\n";
    $auth_context = stream_context_create(
            'http' => array(
                'header' => $auth_headers,
                'method' => 'POST',
                'content'=> http_build_query(array('grant_type' => 'client_credentials', )),
    $auth_response = json_decode(file_get_contents($auth_url, 0, $auth_context), true);
    $auth_token = $auth_response['access_token'];
    // get tweets
    $data_context = stream_context_create( array( 'http' => array( 'header' => 'Authorization: Bearer '.$auth_token."\r\n", ) ) );
    $data = json_decode(file_get_contents($data_url.'&count='.$data_count.'&screen_name='.urlencode($data_username), 0, $data_context), true);
    // result - do what you want

Tested with XAMPP for Windows and Centos6 default installation (PHP 5.3)

Most probable problem with this might be that openssl is not enabled in php.ini

To fix check if extension=php_openssl.dll or line is present and uncommented in php.ini


Actually twitter has many restrictions, as there is lot of contest from companies like Nike and others. The reading of tweet is limited in the sense that if you are reading through the latest API its actually a bit behind time.

They have also controlled the DM delay which means you cannot DM instantly even if you do, the other party will only receive after X amount of time. If you do through script, and even if you try to DM a lot from one single ip twitter will simply BLOCK you.


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