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Putting Twitter on your website

Twitter, the genius of a micro-blogging service, added five million members last month. With that sort of growth, it’s not surprising that people are predicting the death of “old-fashioned” blogging.

But Twitter can be a wonderful tool for those of us who already run blogs and websites. Embedding your own Twitter feed on your blog is one of the quickest ways to post updates- especially if you tweet from your mobile phone. Here are some of the best ways to put Twitter on your website:

Twitter Badges. Perhaps the easiest method is provided by Twitter themselves. These “badges” are actually widgets- they provide you with a bit of code, and tell you where to put it. Short and simple, this works on nearly every type of site, from Blogger to Typepad to static HTML pages. Visit Twitter Badges (you’ll need to login to get your badges).

Twitter Widgets. If Twitter’s own badges don’t do it for you, you can try out Widgetbox’s Twitter Widget, incorporate the photo of your choice by using SayTweet… or even have some fun with the animated widgets over at WishaFriend!

Tweets in WordPress. If you run a WordPress (.org) blog, you’ll want to use either of two plugins: Twitter for WordPress or Twitter Tools. I have used them both, both are excellent, but the former (Twitter for WP) is a little simpler. Also worth a look is Twitt-Twoo, a WordPress plugin that allows you to update your Twitter status right from your blog’s sidebar.

Get Linked to More. When posting links on Twitter, all long urls have to be shortened first. Use a service like TwitThis, which automatically shortens the urls of your posts for your visitors, to make it that much easier to link to you on their tweets.

Do you use Twitter? How have you integrated it into your existing site or blog?


  1. By Mark posted on April 16, 2009 at 4:46 am
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    TwitterButtons.com -do check it out :-)

  2. By Daniel posted on April 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm
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    I don’t know if you guys have seen tweetmeme, http://tweetmeme.com, they provide you with a button which lets you retweet from it. They also show the number of tweets that your link/page has gotten. So it’s a bit like digg.

  3. By Chung Bey Luen posted on April 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm
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    I’ve written a plugin to integrate Twitter Badge easily into your WordPress blog. Check it out and give me some comments.

  4. By Chris posted on April 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm
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    The following is a (mostly) shameless plug for our own Twitter badge site:

    We wrote TwitStamp (http://twitstamp.com) to mirror some of the functionality of the original Twitter badges, but better looking and image-only. Ditching the Flash, we just generate dynamic PNG images with your tweet and user info, so it could go anywhere that the Flash badges can’t. Forum signatures, email signatures, WordPress.com blogs, whatever.

    We also appreciate any feedback as we’re working on a huge new version, so hit us up on Twitter – @TwitStamp :)

  5. By PontusEteus posted on April 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm
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    I use a piece of jQuery to pull the JSONfeed of Twitter. Works like a charm. I guess badges are alot easier though :)

  6. By Webby posted on April 20, 2009 at 9:33 am
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    I’ve just discovered Twitter recently and have been thinking whether I should use it or not and this post has really enlightened me! thanks!

  7. By Tbilisi travel posted on May 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm
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    Thanks for sharing, I am already using widget and enjoy twitter services.
    I like your blog

  8. By Adeline posted on May 5, 2009 at 10:56 pm
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    Cool, just the list I’ve been looking for :) Thanks!

  9. By bodydetox posted on July 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm
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    Twitter is very addictive. I like Twitter more than blogging. the messages are short and straight to the point.

  10. By PhiCom posted on August 30, 2009 at 1:56 am
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    You can do it pretty easily in PHP as well:

    http://www.philmcauley.com/posts/twitterquery-my-lightweight-twitter-api-library-for-php/

    There is an example at the bottom.

  11. By melatoninTechy posted on September 28, 2009 at 4:35 am
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    i just love Twittering compared to blogging. i was a blog addict and now i am a Twitter addict.

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