When bloggers are looking for ways to share their articles with the world and on Twitter, there are all kinds of WordPress plugins out there that can help get the job done. I have written about a few of them on here in the past and have no fear trying just about any of them, I have written about the Twittley WordPress plugin as well as Blog Engage and Twittl.
After reviewing the Twittley plugin it seemed as if the Twittley button grew so fast in popularity that there were some complications due to the very fast growth, I decided to remove the plugin and give it more time to mature before trying it again. Just recently I received a message from the good people over at Twittley informing me of a new upgraded Twittley plugin, they asked me to check it out and I did just that.
One of the things that always bothered me about the WordPress plugin for Twitter or for blogging communities was the “extra work” that it took to get your post submitted or shared, with most of them you need to copy trackback links or copy image paths and fill in information about the blog post. As any blogger knows submitting your articles is one of the easiest ways to get traffic to your blog, and most bloggers also know that submitting articles can be time consuming and at times frustrating.
I’m not going to drag this out anymore than I have to, it would be a dis-service to the bloggers reading this post as well as the people over at Twittley. This post needs to be kept simple because it would serve as a tribute to Twittley for coming up with the most effecient and pleasent WordPress plugin I have used in a long time.
When it comes to the Twittley button they answered all of my requests by creating a self contained button that allows for readers easily retweet any blog post and share it with their friends. If you don’t believe me and your on Twitter, try it click the button to the right
Benefits for Blog Readers and Retweeters
If you clicked the Twittley button chances are you noticed that the you stayed right here on my blog, there was no need for you to click a bookmarklet and there was no need for you to leave this place. Twittley allows you to keep your visitors where they belong, right there on your blog.
Benefits for Bloggers
Not only does the new Twittley button make it simple for your readers to retweet your posts, it also makes it very easy for bloggers to submit their posts to the Twittley network where it can be shared and read by others, you know like a Digg or TweetMeMe concept.
The one thing that makes this the most efficient WordPress plugin for Twitter is how the submission process is handled, when the Twittley button is clicked for the first time it will take you to the Twittley website to submit your link, however it will pass all of the information about the blog post right into the Twittley system. Talk about efficient.
Another excellent feature about the Twittley button is the automatic hash tagging system that does all of the handy hash tag work for you once your post has been submitted to the Twittley system, than any time someone retweets your post it will include the #hashtags for that post.
It’s safe to say at this point that due to it’s extremely efficient nature, well design and the fact that the retweet button is as hot as can be that the Twittley button is now my favorite plugin for retweeting and sharing my blog posts. I have to give some serious props to the people behind the Twittley button for coming up with a plugin that is this complete and simple to install.
I have only had the button for a few short days and I am already seeing Twittley show up in my referring sites list, and the best part is that after only submitting a few articles to Twittley they are already in the top 40 referring sites over the last few days. At the end of the day it comes down to traffic and it looks like Twittley should be in the top 20 referring sites here in no time.
My Twittley Wish List
Now you know I can’t write a review about any WordPress plugin without having a little wish list of my own that I would like to see added to the plugin, the fact is the Twittley button is so good that my wish list is much smaller than most of my wish lists.
- A smaller version of the Twittley button as an additional option
- Ability for additional retweets by same user after submission
- Ability to change button color
I would recommend the Twittley button to any blogger that also uses Twitter as an additional source of free traffic and an excellent place to submit your blog posts, if you check out the Twittley WordPress plugin be sure to tell them Extreme John sent ya. If you like blogging tips or information about plugins subscribe to my rss feed or follow me on Twitter @extremejohn , and as always please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on the Twittley button.