Tweet This Blog Post WordPress Plugin

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.

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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.


69 thoughts on “Tweet This Blog Post WordPress Plugin”

  1. 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! :)

    1. Won’t this slow down your blog?

      1. Tyler says:

        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.

      2. 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.

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

  2. Raj says:

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

  3. Sky Xavier says:

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

  4. Allan Ward says:

    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.

  5. 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!

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

  7. Cal says:

    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.

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

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

  10. Reyn Aria says:

    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.

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

    1. John Chow says:

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

  12. Tom says:

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

  13. Look good.

    I’ll give it a shot.

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

  14. Jean Ghalo says:

    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.

    Cheers!
    Jean

  15. Young says:

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

  16. Tutorial says:

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

  17. SEO Tips says:

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

  18. Mubin

    says:

    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.

  19. Greg Ellison says:

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

  20. reflux says:

    thanks for useful link jhon…..

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

  22. Tyler says:

    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.

  23. Tinx Money says:

    Great plugin! Made same changes lol :P

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

  25. 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.

  26. Will Lowrey says:

    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?

  27. Brad says:

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

    1. John Chow says:

      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.

  28. Rahul says:

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

    Thanks John.

  29. Bill says:

    Thanks for pointing us to this plugin.

  30. marhgil says:

    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!

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

  32. game-girl says:

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

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

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

  35. Melissa says:

    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!

  36. 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)

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

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

  38. Benny says:

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

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

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

    -Mike

  40. Ali Hussain says:

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

  41. Mitch says:

    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.

  42. Dustin says:

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

  43. 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, :)

    1. Hopefully not, pretty soon Google will own the internet.

  44. Takumi86 says:

    I just download this plugin, thanks for sharing John!

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

  46. 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.

  47. Thanks. I added this plugin for my blog.

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

  49. 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.

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

  51. Sulaiman Alhasawi

    says:

    Thanks

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

  53. Gagan says:

    I am currently using it !! :)

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