Adding Twitter Widgets to Surgery Pages using Twitter Widget ID

Over the last couple of months regular surgery managers may have see a few tweaks to their dashboards on SMS+ as we’ve been working to iron out some of the kinks in the system. One of them being the way we display tweets.

Twitter regularly updates its API to allow or disallow various software from using it. Unfortunately the way we had been pulling in twitter searches has now been stopped so we’ve had to implement an alternative using twitters native search widgets. This means that it will no longer be as easy as just entering the hashtag you want to use, but hopefully the steps below will  guide you through adding a twitter widget to your surgery page.

New Surgery managers you can just follow these instructions to add the widget during set up.

Existing Surgery Managers, Log in to the SMS+ website and view your dashboard.

Social Media Surgery Plus Dashboard SMS+


Find the surgery you want to add the twitter search to and click Edit Surgery.

Scroll down to the bottom of the form and find the section that says “Twitter setup” and open the link to the Twitter Widgets Page in a new tab.

add twitter widget

If you need to log into your twitter account do so and then click the button to “Create New”Create New Twitter Widget

Here you want to select the Search tab, to create a search widget.Editing Widget Settings

Add the surgery hashtag; the convention being #placenameSMS (or place name abbreviation) – so for Wolverhampton we’ll use #WolvesSMS, and click Create Widget. You don’t need to worry about changing any of the other settings.

Your widget will now be created and a preview will be visible showing any tweets that already contain you hashtag.

If you are not seeing the preview if you are running an overzealous adblock extension, switch it off. You will not see the preview here, or the widget installed on SMS+ if adblock is enabled.

Now you need to copy your Widget ID. Your Widget ID is the long number that forms part of the URL on the widget page.

Twitter Widget ID number.


Once you have this number return to your SMS+ Dashboard and complete the Twitter Set up.

Put your hashtag in minus the hash so in this instance WolvesSMS, not #WolvesSMS , and paste your Widget ID into their respective fields.

Create Twitter Widgets SMS+Once complete scroll down and click “Update Surgery”.

Your twitter search widget will now appear on your surgery page.

Twitter on Surgery Page.


Bonus tip – If you are adding Twitter Widgets to wordpress blogs and other services requiring a Twitter Widget ID. Bookmark the Twitter Widgets page and then it’s the same process as above to create and identify your Twitter Widget ID. It doesn’t matter what type of stream you want, individual tweets, searches, favourites etc. Just make sure you select the correct tab from the Create Widget page to begin and your ID number will be in the URL.

Twitter Widget Types