One Sneaky Little Easy-To-Fix Setting May Be Messing With Your Results!
It doesn’t matter whether you have TweetMeme, Topsy, Backtype TweetCount, DiggDigg, or the new official Tweet Button…
[Don’t let the length of this post scare you there are a ton of screenshots to configure the different button types, you wont need to even look at most of their settings.]
Go to the “front end” of your blog, into any post, open the post up and hit the twitter button…
Now pay attention…
Your Tweet SHOULD look like this…
RT @yourName This Great Blog Post Title
– or –
This Great Blog Post Title via @yourName
You have your button set up correctly! Yay! (Feel free to skip to the bottom and leave me a comment anyways!)
However, in a large number of cases we see trouble that looks like this…
This Great Blog Post Title
See the difference?
What Does It Matter?
It actually matters A LOT if you would like to generate and retain traffic from twitter brought in courtesy of your visitors kindly sharing your post via your button.
2 Reasons To Include Your Twitter ID in The Twitter Share Button’s Tweet:
1. Twitter is a Social Platform, including your ID fosters the relationship, name/brand recognition and creates a bridge for the reader to quickly follow you on twitter right within the tweet itself.
2. Including your ID creates a “mention” of you, that shows up in your twitter management client (Hootsuite/Tweetdeck) mention column, and shows you WHO tweeted you and gives you the ability (which you NEED to use) to reply to them and say thank you and open a REAL dialog.
How To Fix Your Twitter Share Button To Include Your Twitter ID
This is going to depend on which button you are running exactly how you adjust it. There ARE some buttons that do not have an option to include this and in my opinion they are best gotten rid of in favor of one that actually helps improve your connectivity.
At this point, for a number of strong reasons, the official Tweet button (which is available also as part of DiggDigg) is my button of choice but everyone has their preferences.
We need to go to the WordPress Dashboard… and into the “Settings” of the particular plugin we are using (i.e. TweetMeme).
In almost every case we are looking for a field labeled “SOURCE”, “SOURCE ID” or rarely “TWITTER ID”. These are all the same thing and the plugin will specify in the settings whether or not you include the @ symbol (generally you do not and it auto-creates it when it assembles your tweet for you).
How To Add Your Twitter ID To TweetMeme Tweets
In the Tweetmeme plugin’s settings, you want to find the Source field and enter your twitter ID withOUT the @ symbol.
If you have any trouble getting Tweetmeme properly working (I don’t think you will but anything is possible!) be sure to check out my friend Natalie Louise’s tutorial video on how to add the RT ID to tweetmeme.
How To Add Your Twitter ID To Topsy Tweets
In the Topsy plugin’s settings, you want to find the Retweet Username field and enter your twitter ID withOUT the @ symbol.
How To Add Your Twitter ID To Official Tweet Button Tweets (if using a plugin)
There’s a couple plugins available to add the official tweet button to your site if you are not using DiggDigg. The one I like the most is “Tweet Button with Shortening” because it has a number of adjustable settings that make it from overlapping with other plugins and it can shorten to su.pr (or bit.ly) before being passed to twitters t.co, giving you the benefit of the su.pr bar when the visitor arrives at the link. This can encourage sharing.
How To Add Your Twitter ID To Official Tweet Button Tweets (if using code)
If you are using the HTML/script code that Twitter provides to manually add the Tweet Button your theme, you will want to return to the page where you generated your code…
Here you will want to go to Step 2 and put YOUR twitter ID in to field #1.
This will actually not only get your ID added to the tweet but get the tweet button to recommend that the visitor follow you which is very very powerful stuff!
How To Add Your Twitter ID To Tweetmeme Tweets (if using code)
If you have inserted the tweetmeme code directly into your theme or site….
You will have added a line that starts with <script….. >
Right before it, add this, being sure to change tweetmeme_source to your twitter ID (instead of tweetmeme).
Be careful not to lose any of the single or double quotes. Add this line of script immediately before the current line of script that generates your button within your theme.
However, honestly, if you’re going to be messing in the code again you really really should consider looking at the official tweetbutton to replace tweetmeme.
How To Add Your Twitter ID To BackType TweetCount Tweets
In the BackType TweetCount plugin’s settings, you want to find the Leading Text field and enter “RT @yourName” (no quotes). See example below.
Also I suggest setting “Attribution” to “disabled”.
How To Add Your Twitter ID To TweetMeme, Topsy or Tweet Button Tweets via DiggDigg
Locate DiggDigg in your Dashboard -> Sidebar ->DiggDigg and click on it to expand it.
You will see that DiggDigg has a number of settings “pages” available and you need to click on the “Global Config” page.
Once you are in the Global Config page you will see the fields for setting the Source ID for all three of the button types you may want to use (I only suggest using one of them at a time though! LOL)
All three versions want your Twitter ID into the field withOUT the @ symbol.
How To Add Your Twitter ID To The AddThis Code
Code Solution For AddThis
See? That wasn’t so hard to fix!
Now that you have it fixed though it really is up to you to take advantage of some of the power this change brings you by actually individually contacting those that share your post and opening a dialog with them that begins by thanking them personally for sharing your content.
Like many other tools, this is just a tool to help us identify the kind person… it will not do the “hard part” for us of building that honest, personal connection.
It does however put your name out into their twitter stream, put your name/ID in front of others who may chose to click/open/read the link, and all in all make it far more likely for you to get followed, shared, and trusted.
So leave me a comment below and let me know, was yours set up correctly? If not, I hope discovered how easy it is to add your ID and improve your Twitter engagement! It’s really powerful to be able to personally thank those who are RT’ing your posts for you!
I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even learned a thing or two! Even if yours was set up correctly, please be sure to share this on Twitter and Facebook because we really want to be able to help the huge number of blogs out there that currently don’t have their buttons configured in a way that will really help them! Can you help me spread the word?
I look forward to your comments below and be sure to leave me your thoughts, suggestions ideas and let me know if you have any problems! Thanks in advance for sharing this!
Here’s to your success!
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