Colin Walker

on social media, tech, blogging and the internet.

Let your Twitter followers know what you’re reading.

I came across another third party Twitter service this morning called "Twit This" which is an easy way to show your Twitter followers what you’re reading or, conversely, a way to get your site/blog readers to tell their followers and hopefully drive a bit of traffic your way.

Twit This is used in a couple of ways:

  • a bookmarklet on your browser toolbar to submit which ever page you are viewing
  • a link (either by button or text) added by the site author

There is also a WordPress plugin for those of you using that platform.

As with the previous blog I have at the end of each post I have added a "Tweet This" link (let’s face it Twitter messages are generally referred to as Tweets) but have modified the code involved to dynamically include the post ID and title rather than that of the page itself (as happens with the original code) – you can therefore tweet individual blog posts from the main page.

 

Podcast novel author JC Hutchins says that he wishes more people would use Twit This on their sites as it is an "Easy way to empower readers to evangelize blog posts" and I agree but perhaps there should be just as much onus on us as readers to use the bookmarklet and share those sites we find interesting.

Once you have submitted your tweet it will show up in Twitter something like this

 

Choice

Twit This is another prime example of the whole ecosystem that is developing around Twitter. Twitter itself succeeds because of its simplicity but these third party tools mean you can make it as useful and as complicated as you like – it’s all about personal choice.

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April 3, 2008 - Posted by | Social Media | ,

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