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Tweet This Blog Post WordPress Plugin

written by John Chow on January 22, 2009

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Those with a sharp eye may have noticed that I’ve added a “Tweet This” feature to the bottom of every blog posts. Anyone clicking the link will be taken to their Twitter account so they can let their followers know that they’re reading one of my posts. The tweet includes a shorten URL to the post plus the title of the post. Any followers clicking on the link would then be taken to the post, and hopefully tweet it to their followers.

The Tweet This plugin replaces the Tell a Friend widget, which hasn’t been getting as much usage as I would like. So far, usage of the Tweet This plugin has been much higher than the Tel a Friend widget. This says a lot about the growth of Twitter.

By default, Tweet This adds a bird icon to the upper right of your posts. However, there is an option to place a smaller icon and text link at the bottom of each posts. This option worked better for me because of the embedded ad on the upper right of my posts. Other options include the ability to automatically insert the Tweet This link and the option to show Tweet This on single posts only. There is a drop down menu to select the default URL shortening service.


Modifying The Plugin

By itself, the Tweet This plugin is pretty complete. However, I felt it could be made better with a couple of changes. The first thing I did was switch the small “T” icon with a bigger Twitterrific bird icon. I think it looks a lot better and more interactive. I also changed the text from “Tweet This” to “Tweet This Post” and made it bold to help it stand out a bit more.

The other thing I did was I add “Reading @JohnChow” at the start of the tweet. This allows me to check the effectiveness of the plugin because I’ll get a notice whenever someone uses the plugin. I also reversed the order of the tweet itself. Instead of showing the URL and then the blog title, I had the tweet show the blog title and then the URL.

The default tweet: [URL] Title of Blog Post
The modified tweet: Reading @JohnChow – Title of Blog Post [URL]

The Tweet This WordPress plugin can help you get more traffic to your blog and more Twitter followers. So far, I’ve been quite pleased with it. Give the plugin a try and let me know how you like it.

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Chris Jacobson January 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I noticed this a few days ago on your blog. I’m also using the Tell a Friend widget, but may look into this plugin instead. And the Twitter growth continues! :)

Money Money Money January 23, 2009 at 5:49 am

Won’t this slow down your blog?

Tyler January 23, 2009 at 6:25 am

I would assume it only runs when you click ‘Publish’ or a post-dated post is released.

If it works like another plugin i use (wordtwit) then it send 1 request to twitter to be sent out on your account. not much of a load on the server.

Richard X. Thripp January 29, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Not by much, because it only runs when you make or edit a post, to get the shortened URL from an external server, which is then cached. On subsequent page loads, the plugin only inserts a static image + link, which doesn’t take up many resources.

Marketing Business Review February 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I will use this plugin in my site, really looks a good way to get some exposure with growing Twitter bloggers.

Raj January 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Wow. I was in search of a plugin like this. Thanks John.

Sky Xavier January 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

hey thats really nice and handy plugin… more now a days telling a friend is similar to twit on twitter.

Allan Ward January 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Great idea John. I’ll add it to my blog.

I’ve noticed here in Australia Twitter is getting mentioned more in the mainstream press so it’s obviously growing in acceptance and popularity.

Rowell Dionicio January 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm

This is exactly what is needed to add to the end of each post. I use sociable but I know most of my traffic comes straight from Twitter. Thanks for sharing!

Money Is Everywhere January 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm

This is great…I will be adding this to my blog! Thanks.

Cal January 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm

John, you finally let the “bird” out of the bag. I was wondering what that thing at the end of your posts was.

Cool idea. With the rapid growth of twitter, it makes “cents” to implement the tweet this post plug in to drive more traffic to your blog.

Keep the super-fantastic posts coming, John! I reaur blog daily and you never fail to delivery the goods.

Earn Extra Money Online January 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Nice plugin…will have to try it out and mod it a little as well to make a little more effective.

Monty - Sensonize.com January 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Looks great!! I’ll add it soon to my blog :D

Reyn Aria January 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Hey, this plugin is nice. I tried another tweetthis plugin a few weeks ago…I forget the name though, but that was horrible. It’s take a long time to load and some times not working. This one is so much better. Thanks for sharing.

Monty - Sensonize.com January 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Hey John, Which plugin do you use for Social Bookmarking? Its above the translator flags.

John Chow January 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm

That’s not a plugin. That was custom coded.

Tom January 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Looks great!! I’ll add it soon. Thanks

Roseli A. Bakar January 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Look good.

I’ll give it a shot.

[email protected] January 23, 2009 at 12:10 am

So now you are utilising Twitter at most. I saw this one earlier at some other blogs as well. Seems to me that those people also love twitter as we do.

Its nice that you share your secrets with us.

Marketing Business Review February 4, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Nice from you John, Hope I can get same success and exposure as you have.

Jean Ghalo January 23, 2009 at 12:54 am

well John, before I sleep last night i was reading a post and noticed it…. woke up and found your Tweet on TwitterBerry so I logged to MacBook and came over this post, where I found the plugin review….
I like while I sleep want to do something and wake up and find it.

Thank you John, on my way to install the plugin to my blog.


Young January 23, 2009 at 1:14 am

The display looks good. Smashing Magazine created a code to tweet this, but there was no bird there.

Tutorial January 23, 2009 at 3:06 am

This plugin can be very useful if you have many followers. Just tried it in this post and it works fine

SEO Tips January 23, 2009 at 4:05 am

Very interesting, much more useful than the tell a friend one I personally think. I shall have to give this a go.

Mubin January 23, 2009 at 4:11 am

Great post about the effectiveness of the plugins and also a great way to show how to tweak plugins to take better advantage of them, but if you provided more traffic numbers it would make it much more interesting. Like how many visiotrs from twitter before and after the plugin installation.

Greg Ellison January 23, 2009 at 4:13 am

This is a very nice plugin. I just added it to my blog. Thanks Greg Ellison

reflux January 23, 2009 at 5:07 am

thanks for useful link jhon…..

Money Money Money January 23, 2009 at 5:46 am

Wooooow seems like a nice plugin but i would wait for ShareThis to add it to their platform. Too many plugins slow your blog.

Tyler January 23, 2009 at 6:22 am

I prefer the plugin called WordTwit. Coded here in BC, Canada and it works great. Also works if you’re server is running PHP4 or 5.

I highly recommend it.

Tinx Money January 23, 2009 at 6:27 am

Great plugin! Made same changes lol :P

Ancient Blogging Secrets January 23, 2009 at 8:08 am

Awesome thanks a lot for mentioning the plugin. I may have not known about the plugin if I would have not read this post.

Aman@BullsBattleBears January 23, 2009 at 8:09 am

nice plugin. seems like an essential one to implement to better use Twitter. But I agree with Money, would rather wait for my existing plugin to add this feature than add another one to possibly slow the site down further.

Will Lowrey January 23, 2009 at 8:22 am

Great plug-in and thanks for the heads-up. Tweet This is a perfect example of keeping up with the times. It is faster, easier, and plugged in to what your audience is doing.

I would imagine that on a different type site, the Share With A Friend would still produce well, but in the internet marketing business – twitter is king.

In my first week on my blog, I received the most traffic from twitter. I posted up my first week stats yesterday as part of my case study. It is a start – right?

Brad January 23, 2009 at 8:33 am

can you provide a download link, to your tweaked verison?

John Chow January 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

I don’t have a download link. It’s not my plugin. I just changed the codes a bit to make it show the tweet the way I wanted it.

Nasir January 23, 2009 at 10:43 am

Thanks john

Rahul January 23, 2009 at 10:45 am

Twitter seems to be taking the internet now a days. Cool pluggin.

Thanks John.

Bill January 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Thanks for pointing us to this plugin.

marhgil January 23, 2009 at 8:06 pm

based on this plugin, I made a Twit This Wordpress Code that put a Twit This on the end of my blog post without using a 3rd party URL shortening service. It’s just a short line of code added on the single.php, no plugins needed, no database needed, no caching needed. You might check it out here. Thanks!

Seo Creations January 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Wow. I was in search of a plugin like this. Thanks John.

game-girl January 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I think the code is worth adding on the blog.Looks like innovation though it is so easy.

Marketing Business Review January 23, 2009 at 11:21 pm

This is a really great plug inthat I already have but hasnt put it to work, Now I will.

Seo Creations January 24, 2009 at 4:00 am

This is great…I will be adding this to my blog! Thanks.

Melissa January 24, 2009 at 5:03 am

Thanks, John! I just installed this plugin. Since I don’t have the ad like you do in the top right of my posts, I added it to the bottom of each post. I first tried it on the top right and it was very prominent to say the least. Now I’ll just have to see how it does!

Scrap Metal Recycler January 24, 2009 at 5:17 am

Cool plugin, I have managed to change the Image but am struggling to change the text for the Tweet This Post, which part of the code should I change. Pretty new to this php stuff :o)

Scrap Metal Recycler January 24, 2009 at 5:25 am

Got the txt sorted now just the info it posts to twitter to go!!!

Cupid Blogger January 24, 2009 at 7:17 am

Thanks for adding the plugin. Happy Chinese New Year to you. Gong Xi Fa Cai

Benny January 24, 2009 at 7:43 am

What is the code to get the Twitter bird instead of a link?

Scrap Metal Recycler January 25, 2009 at 1:27 am

Just change the tweet-this-small.png file to the image you want..

Win Free Stuff January 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Dang, this twitter plugin is going to make Twitter even MORE spammy with all the URLs flying around, but hey, Twitter is for marketing :)


Ali Hussain January 24, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Thanks for reviewing the plugin. I have recently noticed that Twitter is a real nice place to get money making opportunities

Mitch January 25, 2009 at 12:04 am

I’ve been using this plugin for a long time now, and I think it works pretty well. I did turn off all those Twitter posts showing up on my blog, which was irritating, but I like how it posts everything directly to Twitter after I’ve written something. It does confuse some people who immediately come to the site, though, and see that big Tweet My Blog banner across the top.

Dustin January 25, 2009 at 1:18 am

Will definitely give this a try, thanks for the suggestion John.

Article Spinning January 26, 2009 at 9:55 pm

With plugins like these, I am sure the person who said Google might consider buying Twitter this year, might be right – it’s getting too popular and too cool, :)

The Blogger Source January 28, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Hopefully not, pretty soon Google will own the internet.

Takumi86 January 27, 2009 at 7:50 am

I just download this plugin, thanks for sharing John!

The Blogger Source January 28, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Yea you need to make things as simple as possible and by enlarging the bird and using Tweet This Post people will “get” it.

Richard X. Thripp January 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for the write-up, John Chow! I released version 1.2 today, which lets you do what you’ve done without hacking. You can customize the link and tweet text from the settings page, and specify local URLs like http://youriste.com/?p=123 in the URL service list. To replicate your tweet text, enter “Reading @JohnChow – [TITLE] [URL]” in the “Tweet Text” field.

clickktdotcom January 31, 2009 at 1:44 am

Thanks. I added this plugin for my blog.

TYCP Entertainment Magazine January 31, 2009 at 2:41 am

That’s a cool plugin, but I’ve already added a way for people to Tweet posts on my site.

Jason Sieckmann January 31, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I’m going to try it out and see if I can something out of it. I love how accumulated Twitter is becoming amongst hard bloggers and even FB users.

Jitendra Kapoor February 3, 2009 at 8:25 am

I just started using Twitter. I don’t know if this will work for my site content type.

Sulaiman Alhasawi February 7, 2009 at 11:19 pm


The Blogger Source February 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm

How many are tweeting John’s stuff? Aside from being asked too. Trying to see it’s value.

Gagan February 20, 2009 at 2:45 am

I am currently using it !! :)