Posts Tagged ‘twitter’
In this WPShout entry Angela Giese provides the code to use and retrieve the number of your Twitter followers without being hit by the Twitter API restrictions, which popular bloggers can suffer from. This work around is mainly aimed at popular sites not using the Twitter widget.
Once you have added the code to your
functions.php you can easily implement the number of Twitter followers anywhere in your theme or design.
Read the tutorial, completely with copiable code, at WPShout.
Regardless of whether you are an established problogger or a new comer to the art of journaling online, you should always provide a painless way for your readers to contact you without forcing them to scavenge through your site.
While it’s understandable that bloggers need to establish some sort of privacy from the digital world, failing to provide an easy way to be contacted could result in not only a lost advertiser, but also a shut down notice from your host (as companies will send cease & desist letters to your host if they can’t reach you).
Despite the fact that there are a zillon tools bloggers can utilize in order to be contacted by the public, bloggers should try to include these 3 forms (or methods) which can help the necessary people reach you without compromising your private life. Read More
In an age where everyone and their grandmother is tweeting or Facebooking, many bloggers take for granted that both of these social networks will “always be there” in the future (despite the infrequent fail whales).
However if Facebook or Twitter went off line or (worse) decided to kick you off of their respective networks, you will probably find it very difficult to access your data (such as images, text. etc.), let alone secure it.
While it’s always good to backup your blog (even if you choose service hosting over self hosting), you might also want to consider backing up your social data as well (just in case you need to make a speedy exit).
For those of you seeking ways to back up your data on Facebook and Twitter, here are a few resources that will help you sleep easier at night just in case you encounter the eternal fail whale. Read More
There’s a story told to those in school for advertising about William Wrigley Jr., the owner and founder of Wrigley gum.
According to the story, Wrigley was on a train when another passenger asked him why he continued to spend millions of dollars when everyone knew his product and he had a virtual lock on the market.
Rather than answering the question, Wrigley responded by asking how fast the train was going. When the other passenger said, “About 70 miles per hour,” he shot back with the now-famous quip:
“Well, that’s fast enough, why don’t they unhook the engine?”
Wrigley understood that advertising and promotion was a key to growing his company and it is also key to growing your blog. However, most bloggers only focus on promotion during the earlier days and months of a blog, let it coast to hopeful success later. This can cause growth to slow to a crawl and, in extreme cases, even stop.
Despite the abundance of tweet buttons from various companies across the blogosphere, Twitter is possibly launching an official button this week, which could spell the end for companies like TweetMeme (a service the Blog Herald uses) in the not so distant future.
Twitter is launching an official Tweet Button for sharing articles on websites and counting how many times a URL has been shared, according to documents Mashable has obtained. The Tweet Button could launch as soon as this Thursday.
If you woke up one day and discovered that Twitter no longer existed, what would you do?
Would you be more concerned at the loss of your data, or the fact that you could no longer connect with friends and frenemies in the Twitterverse?
Regardless of whether you tweet for personal or business reasons, your tweet data (which would include texts, links, etc.) is probably just as valuable as your blog content.
For those of you desiring to preserve your tweet stream just in case the fail whale reigns supreme, here are 5 simple steps WordPress lovers should follow in order to safe guard their twitterverse. Read More
The colleagues over at the Blog Herald sat down and gathered some interesting data about Twitter usage and demographics, putting these against Facebook statistics. The result is an amazing infographic with lots of interesting data.
Here at The Blog Herald we wondered How did Twitter grow that much? and Where do those Tweets come from?
The results are rather surprising and we learned that the top three tweeting cities in the US (Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco) averagely tweet less in one minute than when basketball fans and football/soccer fans go crazy and start updating the world in 140 characters maximum.
To see the complete infographic, you’ll have to head over to The Blog Herald: The Meteoric Rise of Twitter. Here’s a teaser already.
Auto tweeting blog posts has become a widespread habit.Â It’s the easiest way bloggers can get their goods in front of Twitter followers.Â A one-time set up that takes mere seconds promises to save you valuable time each day.Â As soon as you hit publish, a third-party service (i.e. – Feedburner) will shrink your link (damn that sounds dirty), pull your headline (dirtier yet!) and automagically post to Twitter.
This is the easy way out, and as you already know, anything that is free and/or easy comes along with a price.
I’ve experimented with auto tweets.Â The results left me unimpressed.Â I’ve also toyed with taking a minute out of each day (sometimes even two minutes!) to put a bit more thought into what I’m promoting. It’s this approach that has proven more effective when it comes to click-throughs.Â In fact, during my auto-tweet test, I saw a 70% drop off in traffic from Twitter.Â Of course the content is not exactly the same since I’m always posting new blogs, but many are within the same “zone.”Â Iâ€™m convinced the sharp decline is because people identify auto tweets and are less likely to engage. Read More
In the last couple of months I see a high increased number of people starting to use Twitter as their WordPress forum. Something not restricted to the topic of WordPress I must say. More and more people seem to use the hash tag #wordpress to post their questions about WordPress, but as WordPress continues to grow – as does twitter – it’s time to revisit that hash tag.
Now I am fully aware that it’s very hard to regulate anything on Twitter unless it’s in Twitter’s API, but in my opinion the hash tag #wordpress is being used too much for just about anything related to WordPress. Varying from Theme releases, Plugin update notifications, opionions, general statements and of course the questions.. and this of course in any language spoken out there. Read More
With Twitter about to unveil premium accounts to the paying masses, some bloggers may wonder whether buying a Twitter account is worth the investment, especially if they choose to host their own blog (instead of using an inexpensive blog platform like WordPress or Blogger).
Unless you’re blogging for the fun of it, serious blogging pro’s need to purchase a premium account as refusing to do so (in order to save some money) could lead to theÂ inevitableÂ death of your blog (at least in the twittersphere).
So before you attempt to draw silly arguments why free loading off of Twitter is a smart business move, here are three reasons why you will purchase a premium account, regardless of the price (within reason of course). Read More