How To Feed Twitter From Your Site

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You’ve probably figured out by now that Newscoma and I are big fans of Twitter. I use it for both news and socializing, and we even use it as a communications tool for things we’re doing with this site. In fact, ‘Coma and I have never physically met one another–we met on Twitter.

If you have a site up already and are using Twitter, one thing you may be interested in doing is creating Tweets automatically when you post to your blog. If you’re using WordPress, it’s very easy–just grab the Twitter Tools plugin and install. If this is your first time installing a plugin yourself, please do not be intimidated! This one is great of first timers because of the easy to follow instructions and the fact that you only have to move one file over to your server.

One you’ve installed the plugin, one issue you may want to consider is whether or not you want to use your regular Twitter account or create a separate account just for your website. If you post to your site frequently, I’d say you should definitely create a separate account–that’s what we’ve done here. If you aren’t posting as often but spend lots of time on Twitter, it may not be too annoying for your followers to get notification of your new blog posts. Again, it’s a judgment call.

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4 Comments

  1. Brian said January 6, 2009 | Permalink

    I set up a Twitter feed in my Google Reader, and then added a clip to my blog. Pretty easy to do, and I already do it for blog searches with Technorati and news searches with Google.

  2. christinajade said January 9, 2009 | Permalink

    having some trouble on this one! 🙂 i use the yahoo site solution tools (yes, i already know what you are going to say to that) and i can’t get any answers from yahoo on how to link a twitter feed into my homepage.

    can it even be done with those site building tools? or am i going to have to wait until i get my wordpress blog done and go that route?

  3. gregcompton said January 13, 2009 | Permalink

    sadcox, you are awesome. I got this installed and working in 15 minutes…not bad for a digital newb. Thanks.

  4. christinajade said January 14, 2009 | Permalink

    ok, i DID IT! woohoo! automatic twitter thingy and all. (i think…)

    you rock, sadcox.

    just sayin’ 🙂

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