How To: Use The New Tweet Button
Tweet<–See that little button right there? Click it. Go ahead…give it a try.
What should have happened is that a new window popped open prompting you to tweet out this article to your followers, which you of course did, right? You didn’t? Okay, one more try. Push the button, then click the “tweet” button in the new window.
What you just experienced was the new Twitter button that is designed to take the place of the TweetMeme button that everybody has been using up to this point. As you can see, I’m now using both…I’ll probably phase out TweetMeme when this takes over and people know what they are looking for.
Using this new Twitter button on your blog or site is actually pretty easy. Go to the official Tweet Button page and go through three very easy steps
- Select your style of button and then customize it if you want. The button selection is very basic, it’s a matter of picking which style visually flows with your site the best. I really like the customization features, you can let it pull text from the title of the page, or enter your own text. Get creative with this. Nice options for different languages as well, although I’m not sure that allowing URLs that are different from the page being tweeted is a good idea…too much bait and switch to be had here
- Recommend people to follow. I like this! It goes beyond just mentioning the person that wrote the article and lets you put in another name and description of how they are related. Pretty cool, great for encouraging follows.
- Grab the code! This show you what your tweet button will look like, and provides the code for an easy copy/paste. Here’s what I like about this: it’s kind of a stab at the premise of Facebook’s Open Graph in that you can put this code on any website. Seriously, it’s not just blogs…try it out! This code is super portable and can potentially drive a lot of tweet awareness about your site.
I really like what I’m seeing from Twitter on this…I expect to see a lot of creative implementations on different sites. Much like being able to “like” individuals products and services via Facebook, I imagine this will be used to no just promote a site, but individual pages and products within the site. So far there isn’t a plugin for WordPress, but I have no doubt that it isn’t too far behind as there is a Dev Page that explains the attributes.
So what do you think…will this new Tweet Button catch on? The masses will determine its fate soon enough.0