Mar282008

Synergize Your Twitter Account And Your WordPress Blog With Twitter Tools

twitter-logo.pngI’ve had my Twitter account for about a year, now, but I didn’t really “get it” at first – mostly because there weren’t very many tweeps (twitter/peeps) on there that I cared to tweet to, or with. It wasn’t until November that I saw more and more tweeps that I knew, thus Twitter became a staple in my ever-growing social media disorder.

If you are not familiar with Twitter, I would describe it as an online group short messaging service. Basically, you can write messages using up to 140 characters, and those who follow you will be able to see your messages and reply… and vice a versa. So, it’s really like group text messaging… online… and on your phone.

Reading through their FAQ page, it seems like Twitter was initially planned primarily for use through your cell phone text messaging service, but (while many do use Twitter through their cellys) I feel like things have moved more toward the web. Maybe that’s why they keep having all them “over capacity” issues…

Twitter describe’s itself as such:

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

I would say that the tipping point for Twitter among us SEO folk occurred towards the end of January after Brian Chappell posted 75+ Internet Marketing Gurus on Twitter. The list has since grown to over 200 with tweeps continuing to add their Twitter URLs in the comments.

I have found it to be extremely useful for:

  • Quick answers to random questions
  • Breaking news
  • Promoting stuff
  • Venting
  • Saying weird shite
  • Peddling my various requests
  • Seeing what others are up to when they should be working
  • Laughing at tweeps who think they know their shite
  • Wondering if anyone is laughing at me…

Now, I have over 300 followers who can read whatever sweetness I feel like writing within 140 characters. If you are not following me already, you can find me here: twitter.com/ckdisco.

Twitter Tools

If you’re using Twitter and blogging on WordPress, then the Twitter Tools plugin by Alex King is pretty much a must-have. As Alex describes it:

Twitter Tools is a plugin that creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.

To install it, just like you’ve most likely done with other plugins, all you have to do is download the .zip file and upload it to your WordPress plugins directory, then activate it from the Plugins page in your WordPress Administration.

Once Twitter Tools is activated, you’ll have a new page for it under Options:

(click on image to enlarge)Twitter Tools Options

After you add your Twitter username and password, the options are:

  • Create a tweet when you post in your blog? I have this set to YES. So, every time I post something on my blog here, a message like this one is automatically tweeted:

(click on image to enlarge)Blog Post Tweet

  • Create a blog post from each of your tweets? I have this set to NO. If set to YES, every time you post a tweet, a blog post will automatically be created on your blog with what you tweeted. I don’t see why you would want to do this.
  • Create a daily digest blog post from your tweets? I have this set to NO. If set to YES, all of your tweets made during the day will automatically be listed in one post. I have this enabled on my personal blog. This seems to be a lot more tolerable than the option above.
  • Title for digest posts: If you set the option above to YES, choose YES here if you want to customize the title for your daily digest posts.
  • Select a category for your tweet posts: Here, you can select the category on your blog that the automatic blog posts made from your tweets should go under.
  • Select an author for your tweet posts: Here, you can select the author on your blog to whom the automatic blog posts made from your tweets should be assigned to.
  • Tweets to show in sidebar: If you wish to display your latest tweets in your blog sidebar, you can set the number of tweets to display here. I have mine set to 3, as you can see in my sidebar under Kid Disco’s Latest Tweets. In order to enable the sidebar option, if you are using widgets, you can simply drag Twitter Tools to your sidebar. If you are not using widgets, you can add the following code in your sidebar file:

<?php aktt_sidebar_tweets(); ?>

  • Create tweets from your sidebar? I have this set to NO. If set to YES, you’ll get a little text box like this under your sidebar tweets where you can post tweets from, only if you’re logged in to your WordPress Admin (those who are not logged in will not see it):

sidebar-tweets.png

  • I have this set to NO. If set to YES, the following text will be display under your sidebar tweets:

Powered by Twitter Tools

Last, there is an Update Tweets button which you can click to manually refresh the tweets that appear in your sidebar, if you have enabled that option. I do not use this, but the tweets that are displayed in my sidebar do tend to be behind a couple of hours.

So, there you have it! Twitter and WordPress. It’s a great combination and Twitter Tools makes it easy to integrate the two to function with each other. To be honest, I installed Twitter Tools a few months ago and haven’t touched it since. Just set it and forget it!

There are a bunch of other great Twitter resources and tools out there. Here are a few of the latest and greatest:

So, there ya go folks. Now, just follow me and go get your Twitter on!

Tweez,
—kid disco

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38 pimp-style comments, so far... »

  1. Malte Landwehr

    March 29 2008 @ 3:24 am

    In my eyes this plugin is not a MustHave for everyone. When you use twitter to talk about private things you may not want possible customers of you to read about them in
    your business orientated blog.

  2. kid disco

    March 29 2008 @ 5:42 am

    @Malte – Thanks for your comment, though I would think that is common sense.

  3. simon

    March 29 2008 @ 7:16 am

    see you got the the front page for this article…congrats

  4. kid disco

    March 29 2008 @ 8:42 am

    @simon – Thanks for the Sphinn, buddy!

  5. Caroline Middlebrook

    March 30 2008 @ 12:36 am

    Shameless self promotion here! I’ve written a pretty comprehensive 7-part guide to twitter which is aimed at Internet marketers, you might find it useful:

    http://www.caroline-middlebroo.....ter-guide/

  6. kid disco

    March 30 2008 @ 8:18 am

    @Caroline – No problem, thanks for mentioning your guide! I enjoyed your e-book for WordPress. I’ll definitely check out your Twitter guide!

  7. Marketing Multiple

    March 30 2008 @ 10:06 am

    I really like the concept of this plugin. Much better than just a crosposter. Your breakdown on it was great. Thanks alot. We will be ‘one clickin’ this into our new wp2.5 today :)

    Peace,

  8. Tyler @ Building Camelot

    April 1 2008 @ 9:14 am

    Thanks for writing this up! This is just what I needed to understand Twitter Tools. Now I feel confident about installing this and using it.

  9. NewSunSEO

    April 1 2008 @ 12:41 pm

    This tool will definitely come in handy. Thanks for making myself aware of this and I appreciate it a lot!

  10. seo pixy

    April 9 2008 @ 12:15 am

    This plugin is really great, thanks for the article! It seems very useful to me:)

  11. Ryan Martin

    April 14 2008 @ 4:30 pm

    This is a sweet plug-in CK. I just joined Twitter this weekend and I am totally hooked on it. Hope your #1 computer is back and running ASAP.

  12. kid disco

    April 14 2008 @ 4:49 pm

    Thanks for the comments, all!

    @Ryan Martin – I hope I get my #1 back ASAP, too! :P

  13. JBourne

    April 28 2008 @ 9:21 am

    So Twitter is basically just ripping off the facebook status feature and lets you display it on any site if you post the link?

    I guess it’s a good idea for people who aren’t into facebook or myspace, but I guess I’m sort of surprised it would catch on so much.

  14. Rick Butts

    April 29 2008 @ 7:03 pm

    Caroline Middlebrook’s Twitter guide is EXCELLENT and I highly encourage you to go to her site and read it all free.

    IMHBAO
    “In my humble but accurate opinion”
    Rick Butts

  15. John Lessnau

    June 10 2008 @ 4:27 pm

    If you have a WP blog and want to integrate some timely, relevant content, my new tool Twitterdoodle can automatically add posts to your blog based on twitter keyword/keyword phrase searches.

    I use the plug in extensively at The Lessnau Lounge and it has helped with traffic tremendously.

    Here is my webpage that explains the plugin in detail:

    http://www.lessnau.com/twitterdoodle/

  16. Mrs S | Photostream

    July 18 2008 @ 10:21 am

    I added this plugin to my blog but it just says no tweets available… any idea what I’m doing wrong?

  17. kid disco

    July 18 2008 @ 1:08 pm

    @Mrs S | Photostream – This may help you out: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/183539

  18. Mrs S | Photostream

    July 18 2008 @ 10:22 pm

    Thanks I’ll take a look

  19. Mike

    August 4 2008 @ 6:53 am

    Hi

    Can you tell me please how to display Twitter logo in my wordpress sidebar
    using twitter tools

    Thanks

  20. MOin

    September 8 2008 @ 10:45 am

    thanks johm for the twitter doodle, can someone please confirm what is the difference between the widget available at twitter page and this one???

  21. John Lessnau

    September 9 2008 @ 3:31 am

    Moin, there is only one Twitterdoodle, it is up at WordPress plugins.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitterdoodle/

  22. David - Chicago

    October 13 2008 @ 8:58 pm

    This is a useful tool. Thank you for sharing.

  23. blackberry storm

    December 5 2008 @ 2:38 pm

    john, I installed the twitter doodle plugin and nothing happens. Are you supposed to put some kind of code into a post so that tweets are displayed?

    I put in keywords in the settings, but nothing shows on posts in the category I assign it to.

  24. David

    February 22 2009 @ 11:38 pm

    Its amazing how twitter has grown exponentially in a short time. More and more people are joining it everyday, evolving web 2.0. Integrating it into a wordpress blog is a good idea, did nt know there was a plugin available for that.

  25. Dhane Crowley

    May 3 2009 @ 8:52 am

    Nice article. This looks nice, and I will have to try it out. I’ve been using the Twitter for WordPress plugin for my last couple of projects and it works great and is very simple to install and use.

  26. victorseo

    May 3 2009 @ 7:17 pm

    Heard about you from Neil Patel and Andrew Warner. After a brief review I see lots of good stuff and I will be spending sometime here. One question though…why no Twitter followme button on your sites? Any special reason for that?

  27. kid disco

    May 4 2009 @ 11:05 am

    @victorseo – Thanks for stoppin by! I actually have plans to do some different things for this blog, so I’m just working on getting everything situated. I will have a Twitter button for sure! ;)

  28. Chad

    May 6 2009 @ 11:00 am

    Don’t forget about Tweet Suite. It has the same functionality as Twitter Tools, plus gives you the ability to add a “Digg-like” Tweet this button in each post. I really like it. You could accomplish the same thing with a combo of Twitter Tools and the TweetMeme plugin.

  29. the_guv

    July 28 2009 @ 4:07 am

    tx kid disco, and to your community .. but oh dear, decisions decisions.

    just found a need for a plugin – or rather I should’ve prioritised it earlier – and strikes me we’re pretty spoilt for choice.

    .. off to Caroline’s place now!

    Like you comment tease lots .. LOL.

  30. sandhya

    November 18 2009 @ 6:51 am

    Hi,
    I installed tweettools in my blog.When my blog is tweeted the tweets are not appearing in the sidebar,it is displaying that No tweets available at the moment.can you please help me in this matter.

  31. J.P.

    November 22 2009 @ 6:16 pm

    Awesome write up. Was looking for a plugin like this. This will be very handy.

    Thanks.

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