Twittley WordPress Plugin for Twitter Review

by Extreme John on October 14, 2009

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

  1. A smaller version of the Twittley button as an additional option
  2. Ability for additional retweets by same user after submission
  3. 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.

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Gautam Hans
Twitter:

John,
I agree that the concept of twittley is unique but the thing that is not good is that you have to sign through oauth, that is when tycoonblogger and many other bloggers started using it, i started a debate http://www.bloggodown.com/2009/07/tweetmeme-vs-twittley-which-one-is.html . I asked ppl on twitter and they too thought that twittley is not very popular and uses oauth which is compulsory
.-= Gautam Hans´s last blog ..36 Quality Tweeps to Follow =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Gautam Hans, very true and I have also used TweetMeMe as well, however I still prefer the retweet feature of Twittley to any of the retweet Wordpress plugins and other plugins out there that offer a similar concept. No additinal window load, no leaving the article I am on, nothing. Takes 2 seconds.

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Hard Rocking South African
Twitter:

That sounds f-ing awesome.. Loving the simplicity and efficiency of it all.. need… Twitley
.-= Hard Rocking South African@Music Judge´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

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Karen
Twitter:

I’ve just added the Twittley button back on my blog and removed the Sexy Bookmarks as they don’t seemed to get used that much, I do agree though a smaller option and the chance of editing the colours of the button would be a lot better.
.-= Karen @ Blazing Minds´s last blog ..Miley Cyrus Says Goodbye To 2 Million Followers on Twitter =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Karen @ Blazing Minds, I also pulled the plug on Sexy Bookmarks as well, the reality is that bloggers use most of those tools not surfers.

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Dave Doolin
Twitter:

John! You sold me on Tweetmeme!

I’m gonna run with that for a while… so much to learn and do!
.-= Dave Doolin´s last blog ..Practical WordPress Tip #16: Create Template Blog Posts With Common Structure =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Dave Doolin, you mean Twittley?

I think you will be happy with how it works, Twittley has also replaced every other social sharing site when it comes to referrers.

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Mike from Daily Shot Of Coffee
Twitter:

I don’t think I’m a fan. I already have enough things that want access to my twitter account. That’s just another step that my readers would have to go thru, where tweetmeme doesn’t have that.
.-= Mike from Daily Shot Of Coffee´s last blog ..Daily Shot Of Coffee Interview At Coffee Hero =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Mike from Daily Shot Of Coffee, the TweetMeMe plugin is a solid plugin there’s no doubt about it. I just hate the extra window load, not to mention the traffic gained from submitting the article to Twittley.

My Twittley traffic crushes any traffic from any of the Wordpress plugins that I use, TweetMeMe included. I’m a traffic pig so I’ll take it where I can get it.

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Greg Ellison
Twitter:

I use Tweetmeme and that has the option to make the button and what position you want it. I use to have Tweet This plugin but changed it. It does sound like it is going to be competition for Tweetmeme. Greg Ellison
.-= Greg Ellison´s last blog ..New OIOpublisher Coupon for the month of October =-.

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DiTesco
Twitter:

John. Awesome review, although like Dave, you have convinced me on TweetMeme and so I will be using that for the time being. Anyway and just for you to know, unfortunately, that experiment with “clicking” on that RT button is not working for me. Got errors all over the place. Now on the other hand, your TweetMeme is working like a charm and just Retweeted this through that “huge” button, hehe
.-= DiTesco´s last blog ..Google Affiliate Network’s AdSense Payment Integration Complete =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@DiTesco, yeah only problem is I don’t use the TweetMeMe plugin here on Extreme John so that big button you clicked… Not TweetMeMe. :)

The errors are news to me, let me see whats going on here. Haha.

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DiTesco
Twitter:

@Extreme John, OK. Back in business, the Twittley button now works fine. It was maybe a bug I had here on my browser so I cleaned the cache, went back and KAWABANGA, it works..

BTW, sorry about assuming that the huge button was Meme. Did not know it was not, until you called my attention :wink:
.-= DiTesco´s last blog ..Google Affiliate Network’s AdSense Payment Integration Complete =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@DiTesco, ahh thank you for the Retweet and no problem on the big giant green button, I can see how anyone would take that as the TweetMeme plugin.

Not to mention I never reviewed the other plugin, Im way behind.

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Keith

If it’s about free traffic, then its a good thing. I need to check out both tweetmeme and twittley. I also see a “share on facebook” button that I need to check out. Thanks for opening my eyes here, John! Hopefully I can kick up my traffic a notch.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Keith@Norman Rockwell Art, yes I am currently testing the results of that Share button all though if it had a statistical admin interface it would be much better.

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Stefan
Twitter:

Well, I got this error when trying to retweet your post: “Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/twittley/public_html/button/vote.php:11) in /home/twittley/public_html/success.php on line 50″

With that said I do like the idea to be able to stay on a post when you retweet something.
.-= Stefan´s last blog ..Todoist Saves My Day =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Stefan, thank you Stefan now I can pass this on to the guys at Twittley.

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Nick

I think the Twitter plugins are very useful in today’s market place. People love to tweet and if you give them the opportunity they will do it.

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Nehh
Twitter:

I recently came to know about Twittley.. It’s quite efficient.. I added it just now.. although I agree with your wish list a smaller version and button change color would be helpful.
.-= Nehh´s last blog ..Pamela Anderson’s trashy and gross outfit ever! =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Nehh, I look forward to easily retweeting your posts moving forward :)

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Timo Luege
Twitter:

I’m not sure I like the bit about the hashtags. I’ve found that when people retweet my posts they sometimes use hashtags that I would never have expected. From my point of view that is desirable behaviour.
.-= Timo Luege´s last blog ..Eight impressive recommendations on website governance and strategy =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Timo Luege, in most cases I am ok with the hashtags, from time to time I see something that isn’t what I would have tagged.

Thats certainly one of those user specific things. Thank you for commenting and welcome to EJ.

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Joey
Twitter:

@Timo Luege, The thing about the hash tags is Twittley automaitcally pulls them in from the Meta-Data keywords. So if the blogger is using a SEO plugin that lets them specify what keywords are in the Meta-Data, those will also be used for the hash tags.

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Ms. Freeman
Twitter:

I am a fan of new and improved widgets. :) But I prefer to use a one stop shop widget like Share/Save which houses all the popular social networks.

I can see the use in Twittley but it’s not for me….at this time…once I get my bearings and truly understand what I’m doing I am sure I am going to wish I had it installed yesterday.
.-= Ms. Freeman´s last blog ..Learn Something Useful at FreebieGuy.net =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Ms. Freeman, the issue I have with Share and Save and some of the Share This plugins is that all though a giant list most of the sites on there are useless, for me and my purpose here at least.

Thats where the Twittley plugin comes into play for me, it’s efficient and it delivers the traffic return I expect from a button like that. Not everyone has the same goals or purpose for submitting posts.

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Mathdelane
Twitter:

I’m trying to get rid any additional plugins at this point. The retweet button I use was a customized code on Thesis using Tweetmeme functionality without the plugin. So I guess, I’ll have to pass on this.
.-= Mathdelane @Software Critics´s last blog ..Yahoo Meme Releases API, Now What? =-.

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Lee Ka Hoong
Twitter:

I did use Twittley button in my blog before, but I switched to Tweetmeme due to the Twittlet’s button was too big and the colour was not sharp.

Anyway, I will use it if they have more features or options on the colour and size part. :D

Thanks,
Lee
.-= Lee Ka Hoong@Make Money Online´s last blog ..Win A Macbook Pro from IDooble Contest =-.

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EarningStep
Twitter:

well.. i found that too much plugin about twitter for us to try out.. i wonder which one is the best. but i will try this first
.-= EarningStep´s last blog ..Optimize your own blog style – increase your blog quality instantly part three =-.

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Raymond Cardoza
Twitter:

:-P Cool Post on twitter like your site

Have a nice day

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Noah Group
Twitter:

I’ll try to change my twitter plug’s and update it
.-= Noah Group´s last blog ..Hectic Capiznon Bloggers 2009 – Main Event =-.

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Klaus
Twitter:

That’s pretty cool. I like how you tricked me to click the “retweet” button :D

I wonder what happens if you’re not logged in to twitter, will the retweet just fail or are you redirected to twitter for login?

And finally – you now have two retweet buttons at the bottom of your post….?
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Firefox 3.6 Will Support Accelerometers – Beta Release Tomorrow? =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Klaus @ TechPatio, man I can’t get a damn thing past you, haha good eye.

I put the Tweetmeme plugin back in place because so many of you were mentioning it, I wanted guests that don’t always comment to see an example of both. Thats how I ended up with two, I will kill the giant one at some point.

As for tricking you, GOTCHA!!! haha.

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Typhoon
Twitter:

I still prefer using Tweetmeme as it has much more stylish look and better tracking.

By the way, I can see you are using three twitter buttons but I wanted to know why the broad button showing so many re-tweets and rest are showing a little bit lower than it..What’s that broad re-tweet thing called? From where it can be installed?
.-= Typhoon´s last blog ..How to Easily Perform Keyword Researching for Your SEO Needs =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Typhoon, I would like it if I could change the green color in the Tweetmeme button, not sure why I would just like it.

As for the giant button that is the “EASY RETWEET” plugin, however because of where I placed the code it is inside of an

tag, thats why it’s massive.

As for the huge retweet count on that button vs the others, I don’t think it counts accurate. It’s the next plugin to go on my list.

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Harsh
Twitter:

I’m using Tweetmeme button and so far I’m happy with it because most of my readers are used to it and I get more tweets using it. I used Twittley in between and tweets decreased to a great extent.
.-= Harsh @wordpress tutorials´s last blog ..How To Use Gocodes Wordpress Plugin to Hide Affiliate links =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Harsh @wordpress tutorials, really? Thats very interesting. I never really used TweetMeme enough to give it any real review.

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Tycoon Blogger
Twitter:

As you know I am a HUGE fan of Twittley and have been with them from the start. The best part is the more you use it the more power your tweet has. For example, I have three tweets on one of my post, one from you, one from me and one from someone else and I am number 1 on page 1
.-= Tycoon Blogger´s last blog ..VOTE now for the Rookie Blogger of the Year =-.

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Klaus
Twitter:

Ohh waaaait a minute, you have that facebook button I was asking for, on twitter, the other day .. where/how did you get it? I mean, the “share” button is easy, from facebook, but where it says how many shares you have? That’s what I’m interested in, so that the button will be around the same size as the twittley and digg buttons.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..A Missing Dot Crashed Swedish Domains For Up To 24 Hours =-.

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Steve
Twitter:

Twittley is hands down better than Tweetmeme. If you understand the technology behind it you will realize Twittley is a much more accurate voting system and articles are submitted by real people. Tweetmeme is just a links counting system and can be spammed. The more you use and participate in Twitter as well as Twittley, the site gives you points and weights your vote making it more accurate and realistic. I have 3 blogs that I use the Twittley button on all and they work great. You also get lots of traffic from Twittley.

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Ari
Twitter:

Until several hours ago, I used the Tweetmeme plugin. I’d read of Twittley when shopping for other solutions, but like Tweetmeme, it uses the OAuth script and that’s precisely why I didn’t want it anymore.

Now, if you click over to my blog, I’m using the non-OAuth tweetcount plugin by the Backtype folks.
.-= Ari@social media strategies´s last blog ..Tribute to Danny Brown =-.

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Compute Live
Twitter:

I am going to revamp the design of my blog…So I gusess I will add it once I have done it..
.-= Compute Live´s last blog ..How to Enable Tethering on iPhone OS 3.1.2 =-.

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Joey
Twitter:

Wanted to give everyone an update on the new Twittley plugin. We’re always listening to user feedback and within a week or so expect a big update to the button. Changes include some AWESOME colors, a compact version, and an optional “shuffle” mode for the colors (prevents the button from blending in to regular site visitors).

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Udegbunam Chukwudi
Twitter:

Sounds like an awesome plug-in though I’m skeptical as to how many readers will agree to use it considering the fact that it uses OAUTH as mentioned somewhere above. I’ll give it a try and see how well it performs. The selling point would have to be the traffic you mentioned. I need to up my traffic to @ least 200 unique visitors daily.
.-= Udegbunam Chukwudi@Patchwork Of Tips´s last blog ..How To Remove Wordpress Version Generator Tag =-.

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Steve
Twitter:

The new Twittley button on Wordpress Plugin is now available with colors! Check out the article by TechPatio http://techpatio.com/2009/social-media/twitter/twittley-shuffle-button-colors-digg-style
.-= Steve´s last blog ..Dean Graziosi Online Media Website and Videos =-.

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