Twitter Event Calendars and Twitter Events
Display a Twitter stream in an event calendar format (show InstantCal Twitter stream).
Or, post (tweet) an event to a Twitter stream (or account).
 
Overview
Twitter has numerous widgets for displaying Twitter streams (or 'feeds'). However, presenting a Twitter stream as an event calendar may make it easier to read. An event calendar created from a Twitter stream can be of any format or style, just like a regular web (site) events calendar.
In addition, events may be posted to a Twitter stream (tweeted), providing a convenient way to make event announcements to followers of the Twitter account.
 
Twitter Event Calendars
A Twitter event calendar may be setup by using a URI for the Twitter stream (or Twitter account), which looks like this:
 http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/Twitter-Account.rss?count=200
where Twitter-Account is the name of the Twitter account (e.g. instantcal).
Note that Twitter currently limits the results to the last 200 entries.
 
To setup InstantCal to display a Twitter stream as an event calendar (standard method):
  • Use Demo to display a Test calendar
  • Replace 'file=RSS feed' in the HTML embed code with an RSS Twitter feed
Example: file=http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/instantcal.rss
 
To setup InstantCal to display a Twitter stream as an event calendar (lightweight, but faster, method):
  • Use Demo to display a Test calendar
  • Replace 'file=RSS feed' in the HTML embed code with a JSON Twitter feed
Example: file=http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/instantcal.json&dtype=twitter
Note: '&dtype=twitter' is required to use JSON format.
 
Posting Events to a Twitter Stream (or Twitter Account)
An event may be posted to a Twitter stream using the 'Share' button that appears when an InstantCal event calendar is used to display the details of a calendar event.
To post the event:
  • click the Twitter icon
  • login to Twitter (InstantCal does not see the login information)
  • check that the 'tweet' is correct
  • click 'Update'
Note that Twitter limits the length of tweets, so only the event summary is posted. Of course the tweet may be edited prior to posting if other information should also be included.