How to get Twitter Status with links

Found this gorgeous function to get the last Twitter Update from a user.


  • It prints the links inside the tweets.
  • Also puts a link on a @user reply tweets


function getTwitterStatus($userid,$x){ $url = "$userid.xml?count=$x"; $xml = simplexml_load_file($url) or die('could not connect'); echo '<ul>'; foreach($xml->status as $status){ $text = twitterify( $status->text ); echo '<li>'.utf8_decode($text).'</li>'; } echo '</ul>'; } function twitterify($ret) { $ret = preg_replace("#(^|[\n ])([\w]+?://[\w]+[^ \"\n\r\t< ]*)#", "\\1<a href=\"\\2\" >\\2", $ret); $ret = preg_replace("#(^|[\n ])((www|ftp)\.[^ \"\t\n\r< ]*)#", "\\1<a href=\"http://\\2\" >\\2", $ret); $ret = preg_replace("/@(\w+)/", "<a href=\"\\1\" >@\\1</a>", $ret); $ret = preg_replace("/#(\w+)/", "<a href=\"\\1\" >#\\1</a>", $ret); return $ret; } // Now let's print the Tweets. // Put your own username. // Set the number of tweets. print_r(getTwitterStatus('quicoto_dev', 1));
Code language: PHP (php)


  1. I had some codification problems. I added the iconv function in the return:

    return iconv("ISO-8859-1", "UTF-8", $ret);
    Code language: PHP (php)

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