Tech Note: LGF Connect Becomes a Mini-Twitter Client

Post to Twitter with Ajax without pop-up windows
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Now that we have the infrastructure for the linking of LGF accounts to Twitter accounts, we have another new feature to announce: our retweet buttons (at the top right of each post) now use the LGF Connect app to post your tweet directly on Twitter, using Ajax instead of pop-up windows.

To use this new feature, you need to allow LGF Connect to access your Twitter account (which you can do in your Account Settings), as described in this post from yesterday.

(If your accounts aren’t linked yet, when you click the retweet button you’ll see the old, dull, boring Twitter pop-up window, as usual.)

Our retweet dialog box is pretty simple:

As with Twitter’s own posting window, there’s a counter that shows how many characters you have remaining, as you type.

Note: this Ajax feature can also be used to tweet anything at all. You don’t have to retweet an article or LGF Page; you can clear the default text and type whatever you like, and it will be sent to Twitter with your account, via LGF Connect. So at this stage, we now have a bare-bones Twitter client. Groovy.

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Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
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