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Twitter is Dead and I would like a Replacement

Import RSS Feed or Mastodon Feed  

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  1. 1. Now that Twitter no longer works in SquareSpace. Who needs an RSS or Mastodon block that reads in data from an RSS feed or Mastodon feed?

    • No Need
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    • I need a Mastodon Block to replace the Twitter Block
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    • I need an RSS Block that imports RSS items into SquareSpace.to replace the Twitter Block
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    • I would like to see both an RSS block and Mastodon Block to replace the Twitter Block
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  • Poll closed on 04/29/2023 at 03:59 AM

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I was displaying my Twitter feed on my SquareSpace page in order to show our current status. However, now the Twitter block no longer works, I would like an alternative. I'm testing out Mastodon, but unfortunately, there is currently no Mastodon block. Mastodon also turns your Mastodon posts into an RSS feed, but SquareSpace has no easy way to display an RSS feed from outside of your webpage.

Right now, I'm using a third party plugin from Elfsight which makes me uncomfortable. That introduces a lot of security issues.

Any ideas how to replace the Twitter block?

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We are so sorry that our Twitter Feed makes you uncomfortable.

Could you please specify what security issues you are experiencing? 

I use to use WordPress that heavily relies upon third party plugins. Plugins are a big issue with WordPress security because you have hundreds of authors who have various degrees of skill and trustworthiness. Plus, you then have the platform provider and hope they too know what they’re doing security-wise. 

I’m glad that your plug-in exists. Otherwise, I’d have no way of displaying my last Mastodon post which is our status. I have a few things I’d like to configure, but I’m happy with it. 

However, I moved from WordPress to SquareSpace because one company, SquareSpace, is responsible for the entire platform, the functioning of the webpage, and its security. if there is any issues, the Finger ‘o Blame has but one company to point to. 

I’m not a security expert, so I can’t say whether there is a security issue with your plug-in. It’s probably fine. But now, if there’s a problem with my webpage or security issues, there is now a second company involved. That makes me nervous. I’m a volunteer who is running a whole bunch of webpages for various organizations. To me, it is worth the cost of using SquareSpace.

With Twitter crashing and burning, it’s time for SquareSpace to create a replacement for the Twitter plug-in. 
 

* I would like a Mastodon Plug-in that would allow me a bit of configuration. The Twitter plug-in allows me to say how many updates I want to display. I could use that. 
* An alternative is to use a plug-in that allows me to display an outside RSS feed. That’s more flexible because so many tools create an RSS feed. Again, I want to control how many items I’d like to display like I could for Twitter. 

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On 4/30/2023 at 9:44 PM, Michelle_Barra_ said:

@qazwart I have replaced the Twitter feeds on two client websites using the Embed block as per these instructions. Very quick and simple - https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/206543317-Using-Twitter-with-Squarespace

 

I've moved from Twitter because I would have to pay at least $100 per month to use the Twitter API, and I have to upgrade my accounts at Zapier and IFTTT for them to use Twitter too. That's a lot of money to display a single update from a site that literally tweets just once per week.

I've moved over to Mastodon. Most tools still don't play nicely with Mastodon, but Mastodon automatically creates an RSS feed to your Mastodon updates (formerally known as toots). For example, if your Mastodon feed is:

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Your RSS feed is:

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Now I can use Zapier and IFTTT as part of my tool kit.

Originally, I saw the RSS block, and I thought it would work similarly to the Twitter block. This isn't the case. I did find a few third party tools that will allow me to embed RSS feeds into my website, but most of these tools ended up charging (although they didn't state that when I originally signed up for them).

I did find a free tool called Emfed, and I am using that. However, it'd be nice for SquareSpace to have another tool that could replace their now useless Twitter block. With all of the ease and configuration capabilities of the old Twitter block.

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The embed code I was using from twitter.com/publish is now no longer working. This happened maybe around end of June 2023, and similarly, I was using it to echo tweets from management and from a second account "recreation" onto my home page. I am now searching for alternatives, and signed up to Threads to explore this, but am open to other ideas.  If there were a way to echo email blasts that we already have going out to a distribution list, and include my website posting space as an address in such a distribution list, then that would be very interesting.

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