As far as I know there isn’t such a plugin for Fediverse clients like Mastodon or Friendica (which I use). But those provide RSS feeds for specific accounts. From a technically point of view these feeds are easy to embed in your wordpress via a widget. You even don’t need a plugin for that. But as the devil is in the details there rises a big issue. This widget usually display the title of the feed item. But social ´media posts don’t have in most cases. The in-build RSS widget simply prints a standard text (“feed item”). Of course this is absolutely pointless. I have played around with some plugins and ended up with the following solution:
I took the plugin Feedzy RSS Feeds Lite which allows for some advanced styling of the feed items. In the frontend’s widget menu it provides two blocks: one with a widget icon and one with a RSS icon. Take the first one and put it in your sidebar. You have the option to show a title and/or a description with a certain amount of characters. The are two differences between title and decription:
- The title ist taken from the first line of a post if there is none in the source. The description is taken from the entire post.
- The title is linked to the original post while the description is not.
I disabled the description by setting the character number to zero. For the title I choose a length of 80 characters. This is not perfect but leads to reasonable results. If your web server delivers a Conten-Security-Policy header (and it should!) you have to allow for your fediverse domain as image source otherwise images get blocked.
There is an additional benefit for users in the European Union which have to obey the GDPR: there is no traffic to servers in the US anymore.