Recently I’ve made some changes on my blog, which:
- help me to better integrate my blog with social media,
- help my readers to increase Twitter followers and
- hopefully help to discover new valuable Twitter users to follow.
First, I deleted a free WordPress plugin, which I used to use: 1-click-retweetsharelike.
What I liked about that plugin was the ability to place several social media sharing buttons under each of my posts, using just one plugin and not being forced to deal with coding. Although it looked good, I noticed that when I wanted to Facebook share any article from my blog, I had to install LinksAlpha application on Facebook, which then published each of my posts to my wall. It occurred also that it published links to my pages whenever I edited any of them.
It wasn’t what I wanted. To make matters worse, when I wanted to disable Facebook Share button it wasn’t possible. Definitely too much hassle.
Fortunately, I found much better solution
Free plugin DiggDigg, not only has all the good options of the 1 click plugin but is also much easier to configure, looks better and has more choices. You can see it in action at the end of each of my blog posts.
Another great change on my blog, which you can benefit from, is directly connected with Twitter and increasing valuable Twitter followers, as well as finding out about interesting people you may follow.
When you look at my comments’ fields, you will notice that I added one more input box, described as Twitter.
Thanks to it, when you leave your comment as well as your Twitter username in the box provided, the username will always be displayed whenever you make new comments. This job is done by Twitterlinks Comments, which is another great plugin created by Andy Bailey – the guy behind CommentLuv plugin, which I use as well.
Look at the screenshots below to see how it all looks like before and after:
One more important thing
To achieve such display effect, I didn’t use the standard plugin’s options, because, in my opinion, the final effect is not that user friendly.
However, thanks to running my blog on Thesis and coming across a great post by Wayne John from Southern California Web Development on how to customize that plugin with Thesis, I managed to configure it, so that it works and looks just perfectly 🙂
Do you have any favorite Twitter plugins? Please share your thoughts below by leaving a comment and don’t forget to write your Twitter username as well 🙂