Twitter API has became a powerful way of getting information about a twitter user and her activities. In my previous tutorial we saw how to create a simple twitter reader in 5 minutes. Let us see how to get the User Image (or Avatar) from Twitter and display it anywhere you want.
So how can I display the Twitter User Image on my Blog in 2 minutes??? All you have to do is to add following IMAGE tag where you want to display Twitter’s User Image and that’s it.
In above code, just put the TWITTER_USER name of person whos image you want to display.
For example, for me the above URL will be:
One of the use of this tool is to display user image of people in your blog/website’s comment section. You can have a textbox where users can enter their twitter username and from this you can display their twitter avatar :)
Code behind this simple tool
Following is the PHP source code of the Twitter User Image fetcher.
show('json', $username); $user = json_decode($json); $image_url = $user->profile_image_url; header("Location: ".$image_url); ?>
First we use cURL to fetch the user details using twitter API. The response that we get is in JSON format. Hence we use PHP JSON method, json_decode() to convert the JSON into PHP object.