New Delhi: Among other things 2008 was the year Twitter became ubiquitous. Thousands upon thousands of users began to use the micro-blogging service as a curious mix of content generation, sharing and discussion. The terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the plane landing on the Hudson river and even the Oscars a few days ago were covered on Twitter by hundreds of avid Tweeters. Eyewitnesses flashed information and other users commented and even corroborated that data.
• Twitterfeed: Tell the world as soon you update your blog. You can use a service called Twitterfeed that will pull RSS feeds and automatically sent updates into your Twitter feed. This was as soon as you update your blog your friends and followers on Twitter will get to know. Remember that forwarding links to friends on Twitter is a snap. Your friends could popularise your post in no time.
• Now that your blog send info to Twitter, make sure the vice versa happens as well. Make sure your Twitter feed appears prominently on your blog. Use one of several widgets, flash badges or even an RSS feed of twitter updates to display on your blog.
• Bookmarking is old news! Add a Tweet This button at the end of your blog posts to get users to directly bookmark links to your posts on their Twitter feed.
• Wordpress users must try out the WP Twittertools plugin. The function we like best is the one that lists, just below your post, all the twitter messages that link to your blog post. It is a an indicator of popularity and as effective as comments on a blog.
• Finally use the old Seth Godin trick. Have a little box right at the top of your blog that welcomes new and returning users to your blog and then tells them to subscribe to your Twitter feed if there don’t find any new blogposts. Wordpress users can use the What Would Seth Godin Do plugin or the Wp Greetbox plugin.
Those are five ways of really marrying your twitter feed with your blog. Next time we’ll talk to a few power twitter users about how to really get a successful twitter micro-blog going.