Tweepsum Lorem Ipsum Tweets for mockups & wireframes

Take a look at Tweepsum. You’re likely familiar with using dummy text for website copy, but what if you want to incorporate a test Twitter feed into your design?

You may not want to use your own Twitter account and you may want to see what a feed would look like with different length Tweets, hash tags and links.

@tweepsum sends either an average, random or full 140 character length lorem ipsum Tweet each day at coffee time. (11:00am UCT or UK Coffee Time)

So if you need a test Twitter feed for your work just use the @tweepsum account.

Here’s are a couple of example Tweets from earlier in the week;

This is our default Tweepsum Tweet

 

This is a full 140 character Tweet

 

I’ve just added a new feature

Follow @tweepsum on the Twitter and we’ll randomly tweet out your URL now and again, cos I’m nice like that!

 

Tweepsum

I source the lorem ipsum text from lipsum.com by constructing a URL complete with parameters in PHP and calling a simplexml_load_file routine.

// get lorem ipsum text string from lipsum.com
$loremIpsumStringText = simplexml_load_file("http://www.lipsum.com/feed/xml?amount=$loremIpsumStringLength&what=$loremIpsumStringType&start=$loremIpsumStringStart")->lipsum;

The following link will return an 82 byte character string (the length of an average Tweet) not starting with “Lorem ipsum”;

http://www.lipsum.com/feed/xml?amount=82&what=bytes&start=0

A similar call but this time starting with “Lorem ipsum” and returning 140 characters;

http://www.lipsum.com/feed/xml?amount=140&what=bytes&start=1

The text then gets Tweeted using TwitterOAuth by Abraham.

// set tweet message variable
$twitterMessage = $loremIpsumStringText;

// create new twitter oauth instance
$tweet = new TwitterOAuth($consumerKey, $consumerSecret, $OAuthToken, $OAuthSecret);

// send tweet
$tweet->post('statuses/update', array('status' => "$twitterMessage"));

Background & Trivia

Here’s a bit of background and trivia for anyone unfamiliar with lorem ipsum.

Lorem ipsum is text often used by website designers and web developers as place holder or dummy text for mockups and wireframes if they don’t have any real text copy to work with.

Lorem ipsum has been around for billions of years and is so popular due to its likeness to real text copy. It gives designers and developers a good idea of how a finished page would look.

In spite of its basis in Latin, the use of lorem ipsum is often referred to as greeking, from the phrase “it’s all Greek to me”, which indicates that something is not meant to be readable text.

The first paragraph of lorem ipsum goes like this;

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Curabitur placerat, nibh eget laoreet sodales, dolor sem ornare ipsum, sit amet congue nunc lorem sit amet est. Etiam eleifend nisi sed nisl sollicitudin eget tristique velit fermentum.”
Cicero 45bc

The text is derived from sections of Cicero’s “De finibus bonorum et malorum” or “On the Boundaries of Good and Evil”.

The text does not have any occurrences of the letters K, or Z (not uncommon due to the letters’ use primarily as a transliteration of Greek words), nor the letter W, because it was not part of the Classical Roman Alphabet.

Today’s popular version of lorem ipsum was first created for Aldus Corporation’s first desktop publishing program Aldus PageMaker in the mid 1980′s for the Apple Macintosh.

Enjoy.

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