Blogging has evolved a lot since its infant days. Very lengthy and large blogs are not liked much these days rather short informative blogs are preferred. Today micro-blogging has gained a lot of acceleration. The two important things in blogging are to socialize and publicize your blog as much as possible and to keep the blog updated, no matter what. Bloggers can generate a good amount of income by means of displaying online ads.
Integrating Twitter with your blog solves both these purposes. It will keep your blog updated always. Although your blog may be 10 hours earlier, but your recent tweet, a minute ago will update it in a jiffy. Twitter will also generate a large audience and followers for obvious reasons. This article will enlighten you about some of the most productive tools to integrate Twitter with your WordPress blog easily and effectively.
1. TWEET SUITE
This is a multi-functional WordPress plugin that will help you with many things as enlisted below. Firstly, it will add the ‘Tweet this’ option after every blog of yours, allowing anyone to publicize your blog through their Twitter account. You have the option to generate your own small URL using Bit.ly, TinyURL.com, Adjix.com and many more.
Secondly, it will also enable to add some widgets on your sidebar which includes; my last tweets, favorite tweets, recent tweets and most tweeted options. The most tweeted option in the most useful one, publicizing the most popular blog posts with every new blog.
Thirdly, it will also add the ‘tweetbacks’ after every post of yours, through which you can monitor the kind of popularity your blog post is getting on Twitter. Last but the most useful thing is that your posts will automatically be tweeted which generates maximum audience. This app is compatible with the latest versions of WordPress and integrates many plugins into one.
2. TWITTER COUNTER
Also popularly known as the ‘Feedburner for Twitter’, the app is useful for those who have a large following base on twitter. This app will help you show off that base.
You need to sign up on TwitterCounter.com in order to access the features of this plugin. You will be given a code which you are supposed to paste in the ‘sidebar.php’ file and Voila! The site will now start keeping track of the Twitter activity by itself. The followers’ statistics will appear in the sidebar in the opted format. The follower growth can be displayed in a graphical format as well. Handy figures like average growth per day and predictions for tomorrow will also be shown.
3. TWITTER FOUNTAIN
It is a very innovative widget which is perfect for your sidebar. It fetches visual and text content action from Twitter at the same time. Images from Flickr and tweets that are associated with the same hashtags will be mashed up. These days when we have as crazy hashtags, it is guaranteed that your post will definitely have something similar. This plugin produces original content in your sidebar without paying even a single penny.
4. TWITTER REMOTE
This widget helps you keep track of who has recently been to your blog provided he/she is a Twitter user as well. Using this tool, you may find interesting people whom you can follow and they are likely to follow you back for obvious reasons. The widget is completely customizable from setting the number of entries to be displayed to editing the look and attributes of the widget box.
5. TWIT TWOO
Spending most of your time on your blog and suddenly a brilliant thought hits your mind which you need to tweet without losing the blog page. Twit-Twoo will rescue from such situations. Using this tool, you can add an option to your sidebar to do this. The AJAX takes proper processing care that your blog page does not have to reload for your tweet to appear in your Twitter account simultaneously.
Now you need not switch between WordPress and Twitter every now and then later knowing that your blog draft did not auto-save and the page reloaded losing all your content. This plugin is also capable of sending you alerts from Twitter. This is useful for those who prefer to bind their online Twitter activity as the social profile rather than Facebook or MySpace.