Are you ever appalled to discover that someone has tweeted out a blog post of yours and you somehow missed it because it never showed up in your Twitter stream?
It happens all the time. And for those of you who use either the TweetMeme or Twitter Tweet buttons on your blog, there’s a super easy fix that I wanted to share with you today.
You might not be aware that these tools have to be configured properly so that your Twitter handle shows up as a mention or as an RT when someone shares your post. I’ll show you how to do this.
If you go to a blog and try to tweet someone’s post, it may look like this:
I want to thank Amber of Amber Page Writes for letting me use this screenshot of her blog. I was trying to share her post, Raw, last week and when I click her Twitter tweet button, the image above is what I get.
If I merely hit the Tweet button from that box, Amber might not know that I’ve shared her post. There’s no @amberpagewrites or RT @amberpagewrites that auto-populates in the “compose tweet” window.
I manually added her Twitter handle to the tweet because I happened to know it. But not everybody will know your Twitter handle, or necessarily take the time to find it before they tweet. So let’s fix this.
How To Include Your Twitter Handle on Shares Using The Twitter Tweet Button
You’ll need to configure settings in WordPress to make sure your Twitter handle is always included.
In WordPress, go to your Dashboard. Toward the bottom of your dashboard menu, click on the Twitter link. You’ll be taken to a configuration screen that looks like this:
This is where you configure options for the Twitter tweet button. The important thing here is to enter your Twitter handle in the “Via User” box. Hit save, and voila! Every time someone uses that button, you’ll get an @mention and not miss those important shares.
Incidentally, you can add a second account to receive an @mention in the “Related Account” field.
How To Include Your Twitter Handle In Shares Using TweetMeme
The process is very similar for those of you that use TweetMeme. In WordPress, click the TweetMeme link at the bottom of your dashboard. You’ll get the TweetMeme configuration screen, which looks like this:
In the field entitled “Source,” you’ll type in how you want your @mention to look. You can include an RT or simply an @<yourTwitterhandlehere>. Save it, and you’re good to go.
If you’ve configured the options properly, the Compose Tweet window will look like this: