I am quite obsessed with Twitter. I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone these days.
I’ve been trying to find more ways to incorporate it into my website. I use Twitter Tools to share select posts with my Tweeps. It also displays my most recent Tweet on the sidebar for all of you to see.
I wanted a way for commenters to be able to comment using Twitter as well. I’m not a gravatar user, so I’d rather my Twitter avatar be shown or nothing at all. I’ve been through a myriad of WordPress plugins that claimed to do just that. None of them, however, panned out. Twitter didn’t really help as they disabled the API function that allowed user to search via email address. That doomed promising plugins such as Smashing Magazine’s Twittar, Twavatar, and Twicon.
I then moved on to Twitter Connect plugin. I really thought this would be my solution. The plugin adds a “Sign In With Twitter” graphic to the comment section. From there, visitors can login and post a comment using their respective Twitter accounts. But there is a flaw with this plugin. If you only allow registered users to comment, it is rendered useless.