Based upon the emails we get each month from readers who are trying to find our Twitter feed, I feel this post is probably long overdue, but I wanted to point out to our readership that we do in fact have a Twitter page! If you’d like to follow WPHacks.com on Twitter, you can get our updates here (@HackWordPress).
Our Twitter feed includes notification each time we publish a post here on WPHacks.com, but as an added bonus, you will also get some retweets of our favorite WordPress-related content published by others.
Note: If you’d like to follow my personal tweets also, you can do so here. (@KyleEslick)
Although I personally am not a major Twitter user, I do see the value in the service and have made several attempts to use it more often. For many others, it has become an addiction and possibly even a major time sink.
One trend we are starting to see more often lately is Twitter being integrated into WordPress blogs. In the past we’ve featured a couple methods to integrate Twitter into your blog such as How to Add a “Tweet This” Link To Your Blog and How to Display Most Recent Twitter Entry. Even more recently there have been some WordPress plugins released to further integrate Twitter into your WordPress blog:
- Tweetbacks – This recent plugin by our friend Joost De Valk displays any “tweets” about your blog post below that post in the same way trackbacks/pingbacks are often displayed on WordPress blogs. You can read more information about the plugin and how to install it here. A similar plugin called TweetSuite was released recently as well.
- Twitter Comments – Works similar to Gravatars, but displays the comment author’s Twitter avatar instead. If a Twitter avatar is not available, it will then attempt to locate a Gravatar to use instead.
Due to the popularity of WordPress, I would imagine this is only the tip of the iceberg and many more Twitter WordPress plugins will follow over the coming months/years. Out of curiosity, for those of you that are heavy Twitter users, what have you done to integrate Twitter into your WordPress blog?
Update: I just ran across this post over at Profit Blogger which shares more than 20 Twitter WordPress plugins that already exist.
Are you following the WordPress Recipes blog? If not, you really should be! My fellow blogger and friend Jean-Baptiste Jung has created this blog to feature a number of “recipes” or code snippets. In addition to the content, he’s also got a great design that has been getting attention all throughout the blogosphere.
In his latest recipe, Jean explains how to add a “Send to Twitter” link to your blog, or what I prefer to call it, a “Tweet This!” link. The idea is to add a link on your blog (usually below the content) that people can simply click to discuss the post on Twitter.
If you’d like to add a “Tweet This!” link to your blog, here is the code you’ll need:
<a href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Currently reading <?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="Click to send this page to Twitter!" target="_blank">Tweet This!</a>
I would think that this could potentially be another great way to fetch traffic, possibly even better than a “Digg This!” link or something else along those lines.