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.
NOTE: I originally posted this tutorial in April 2008, but with the recent wave of interest in Twitter because of people like Oprah and Ashton Kutcher, I thought I would reprint it, with some minor updates and edits. Please feel free to share this with your friends and associates that would like to get started using Twitter.
If a blog is like a roundtable discussion and Facebook is like a BBQ in the backyard with your friends, then Twitter is a cocktail party for text messaging! Twitter is by far my favorite social networking tool right now for several reasons that I will get into. I love the premise that conversations can be had with my friends, but they are limited in their size. Do you know anybody that takes 4 minutes to ask a really simple question that can be summarized in 10 seconds? I do. Twitter is the nemesis of these people because you cannot exceed the 140 character character limit. I love it! That’s even shorter than the standard 160 characters for text messaging! Before we look at the nuances of Twitter, let’s get you signed up.
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Do you want to know every little detail about your tweeting habits? There are a lot of services that show you a lot of information, but TwitterFriends really brings some useful data into the picture. Not only can you see hard numbers about your frequency, replies, and how you compare to Scoble, you can actually look at your network of friends as it relates to others that you follow. I think it’s fascinating. My favorite part? The tab that shows me accounts that I follow that haven’t updated in a long time. I removed about 20 people that haven’t updated in months!
Instead of a full write up I made a quick video. Check it out, it’s under three minutes. Let me know if you find TwitterFriends useful!
I wrote a down-and-dirty article last last April about Twitter. Over the last couple of weeks I have received several emails and DMs asking me how to use Twitter. Instead of reprinting it all, just go here and check it out. It’s Twitter for n00bs, so if you have been using it for a while it probably won’t be of interest to you. Click here to go check it out, and then follow me !