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How do you incorporate a Twitter feed into a LibGuide?

Last Updated: Jan 03, 2014  |  7479 Views

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Twitter recently changed the way widgets are created.  Updated instructions for incorporating Twitter widgets into LibGuides are below.

The easiest way to incorporate a Twitter feed into your guides is by embedding a Twitter widget into an Embedded Media/Widgets box. Here's how...

(1) Go to (You have to have a Twitter account and sign in.) Click on Create New.

(2) Enter the name of the Twitter feed you want to embed and the domain of the site or sites on which you plan to embed the widget. There are also options to embed tweets a specific user has marked as favorites, a public list that you own or subscribe to, or a feed based on customized search results.

You can also adjust the height of the widget and the color of the links and give it a light or dark theme. Twitter also lets you opt out of "tailoring Twitter"  (Click on the question mark to decide if you want to opt out.)

(2) When you're done, just click the Create Widget button. Then copy the embed code that is provided.

(3) Create a new Embedded Media/Widgets box. Click Add Media / Widget Code and paste the code from Twitter into the box. Then click Embed It.

Here's how it should look when you're done!

Answered by Zinthia BricenoBookmark and Share

Other Answers / Comments (26)

  1. I'm afraid that the Twitter Widget -> Rich Text Box solution doesn't seem to be working. I put all the right code in - it displays fine on a regular website - but nothing appears in a Libguides box. Have there been any behind-the-scenes changes which might have caused this?
    by Emma on Oct 04, 2011.
  2. Hi, Emma - I don’t know of any changes that might have caused it to stop working; would you be willing to send me a link to a guide you’re working on so I can see the problem in action?

    Thank you!
    by Laura Harris on Oct 04, 2011.
  3. I'm experiencing the same issue: the Rich Text Box method isn't working. I've tried it in multiple guides, and its a no-go in all of them. Help?
    by Michelle on Nov 03, 2011.
  4. Hi Michelle -
    Could you send us the URL of a guide where you've tried to embed the widget? You can reach me at

    Also, just a general note - when you load the twitter widget for the first time, you may need to reload the page to get the widget to appear - it relies on a bit of javascript, so the page needs be reloaded to get the javascript to execute.

    Thanks! -Sarah
    by Sarah Pawlek on Nov 03, 2011.
  5. It always seems very flakey to me - sometimes I look at my LibGuides twitter feed and it has content but more often than not, it's blank. Is this a twitter thing or a LibGuides thing?
    by Fiona on Dec 02, 2011.
  6. Hi, Fiona!

    Can you send me a link to the guide that contains your Twitter feed? After I look at it, I should have a better idea of whether it's Twitter or LibGuides.

    Thanks! :)
    by Laura Harris on Dec 02, 2011.
  7. Hi, I'm having the same problem with getting the Twitter feed to load properly.
    Did you figure out the solution? Thanks
    by Amy on Dec 06, 2011.
  8. Hi, Amy!

    I actually just e-mailed Fiona yesterday with a potential solution, but I'm not sure if it worked. If you'd like to give it a try and let us know if it works, we'd be very grateful!

    When you get the embed code for the Twitter widget, there will be two lines that look something like this:

    loop: false,
    live: false,

    Can you set those both to 'true' and see if that resolves the issue you're experiencing?

    by Laura Harris on Dec 06, 2011.
  9. I changed both those settings to true and it's still not working.
    by Melanie on Feb 29, 2012.
  10. Hi Melanie -
    When I go to, I can see a twitter feed in your profile box. Are you still not seeing it there? Please email me at and I'll be happy to help troubleshoot!
    by Sarah Pawlek on Mar 01, 2012.
  11. I thought I followed all the instructions above, but my Twitter feed box isn't working.
    The page is
    The Twitter account that I am trying to embed is at!/cochranecollab
    Can you help?
    by Lynne Fox on Jun 08, 2012.
  12. Hi Lynn - was the Twitter feed working while you were creating it? Also what page in your guide are you trying to add the box to?
    Thanks, Zinthia
    by Zinthia Briceno on Jun 08, 2012.
  13. I experienced the same problems as described above. I found that when I finished embedding the feed and saved it, the box was left totally empty BUT if I clicked to a different tab in the guide and then back to the box with the Twitter feed, it appeared as was working well. This might explain why Sarah could see the feed when the creator could not?
    by Jo Menzies on Jun 14, 2012.
  14. Is there a way to do this with a hash tag instead of a username?
    by Kelly on Aug 21, 2012.
  15. Hi Kelly!
    Yes.. you search for a hash tag. Just insert the tag into the "Search Query" field when you create the widget.
    by Zinthia Briceno on Aug 21, 2012.
  16. I am trying to set up a Twitter widget on our Libguide, and I think the information given in the FAQ is out of date. When I click on the link given about to access the widget search, I am redirected to a different page with a different set of instructions for creating a widget. When I attempt to embed the code that is generated, all that I see on my Libguide page is a direct link to the Twitter account, rather than an embedded timeline of tweets.
    by Kate Newton on Sep 11, 2012.
  17. Twitter seems to have changed the process for doing this a few days ago...

    Unfortunately this new way doesn't work for me.
    by Cameron on Sep 12, 2012.
  18. Arrrghh! This didn't work for me and I found it quite annoying that the directions and pictures depicting the steps do not match what I have for choices.
    by MoreThanBooks9 on Sep 12, 2012.
  19. Thanks all for bringing the changes in Twitter's widget process to our attention. (It was changed last week.) The FAQ has been updated.
    by Ken Liss on Sep 12, 2012.
  20. Works!
    by Cameron on Sep 12, 2012.
  21. I have put a twitter feed in my libguides page and it works fine however, when someone else tweets @me it doesn't show up on the widget. Is there a way of getting other peoples tweets on it? Thanks.
    by Naomi on Nov 16, 2012.
  22. Hi Naomi- In order have a widget include mentions (@me), you'd have to create two widgets.
    by Zinthia Briceno on Nov 16, 2012.
  23. I think this page needs another update, the screen capture doesn't seem to match what's available on Twitter's site. I've been trying to get a Twitter feed embedded into my guide and cannot get it to work.
    by Adam H Lisbon on Jan 03, 2014.
  24. Hi Adam - It looks like some of the options on the screen have changed. Thanks. We'll update the screenshot. But the basic steps are the same, and it does look like the Twitter feed is working on your page. - Ken
    by Ken Liss on Jan 03, 2014.
  25. Hi,

    As many others before (witness the comments feed above) I've experienced that after having embedded my code wether on a rich text- or an embedded media box, only title of the twitter feed appears. I've logged out and in, nothing changed. My code is here :

    The page on which I work is this one :
    I'd like to make the twitter feed in the box 20826905 appear on the homepage (upper left corner)

    Could you please tell me what can be done to solve this problem ?

    Waiting for your answer


    Damien Belvèze
    by Damien Belvèze on May 05, 2015.
  26. Bonjour Damien!
    There are some Javascript errors on that page that are preventing the Twitter widget from loading. Right-click on the page, choose Inspect Element > Console and reload the page to see the errors. If you resolve these errors, the widget will load.

    I'll send you an email with a screenshot.

    by Cindi Blyberg on May 05, 2015.

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