TweetBacks Beta

Update: I’ve released a TweetBacks WordPress Plugin that includes TweetBacks as a feature.

In response to a Mashable post about how Twitter will change blog design in 2009, yesterday I created Tweetbacks.

They work kind of like trackbacks, but instead of listing blogs linking to a specific post, it lists Tweets about a specific post. You can see it in action on my blog, just above the comments. It currently finds mentions of the URL through the top 5 most popular URL shorteners on Twitter: Tinyurl,,, Twurl, and SnipURL. I used’s list of top shorteners to prioritize. To prevent it from running afoul of Twitter’s search API rate limits it functions via javascript.

This is still in beta, but to install it all you have to do is include this line in your template where you want the Tweetbacks to appear:

<script src=""></script>

You can style how the list appears with CSS like this:

#tweetbacks {
#tweetbacks li {

This tool (as well as my ReTweet mapper) are currently free, but they do use bandwidth and server processing time that I pay for. If you like my Tweetbacks tool, my ReTweet tools or the other work I do, consider donating to help pay for it:

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kingpin2 April 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Thanks Dan! Your plugin is very helpful.

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Wesley Soccer May 23, 2010 at 2:55 am

Any reason why the tweet comes back to my site but the username profile pic does not work?

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Any reason why the tweet comes back to my site but the username profile pic does not work?

Ultimate Game Card June 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Ahh, useful tidbit of code there. I own a blog that gets a bit of twitter attention that this may be useful for.

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