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So, you’re planning to use the Display Tweets web part and need to obtain the Twitter credentials necessary to make secure Twitter connections. The first thing you’re going to need is a Twitter account (any account that is used to interact with Twitter will work). If you don’t have a Twitter account, then go to and sign up for one before proceeding. (If you’re planning to display a corporate Twitter feed on an intranet, it’s recommended that you create the Twitter application using the account whose tweets you will be displaying, not your personal account.) Once you have your Twitter account, proceed with the steps below to obtain the information you need to work with the Display Tweets web part.

  1. Navigate to
  2. In the top right corner of the screen, click to “Sign in”
  3. Use your Twitter account credentials to log in
  4. Once the login process is completed, you will be redirected to the Twitter developer home page. Look again in the top right corner of the page. Hover your mouse cursor over your Twitter avatar. In the menu that appears, select “My applications.”
  5. Once on the “My applications” screen, click the “Create a new application” button.
  6. Complete the form that appears:
    1. For “Name” use something that will help you remember where you’re planning to use the web part (something like “Corporate Intranet” The web part is only used to read tweets, so you will be the only one that sees this name
    2. For “Description” enter something that further expounds on where you’ll be using the web part. Again, no users will see this text, so there’s no need to enter lots of information, only what will be helpful to you.
    3. The “Website” field is required, so you need to enter something. Your company’s public web site URL should be sufficient.
    4. The web part will not be using any callback mechanisms, so feel free to leave the “Callback URL” field empty.
    5. Check the “Yes, I agree” checkbox.
    6. Complete the CAPTCHA field.
    7. Click “Create your Twitter application” button when compete.

Once you complete the steps above, you will be taken to the description page for your new Twitter application. Once you have reached that home page, locate the “Consumer key” and “Consumer secret” values that are located in the “OAuth settings” of the page. It is those two strings that will be needed when configuring the web part in your SharePoint environment.

NOTE: In the past, it was necessary to also create an access token to authenticate with the Twitter API. The current version of the Display Tweets web part uses “application-only authentication,” so it is no longer necessary to create an access token.

If, after creating the application you ever need this information again, you can always retrieve it by completing steps 1-4 from above, then clicking on the application name on the screen that appears.

Last edited Jun 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM by jdegiglio, version 3


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