As Twitter is becoming more popular and your target audience is increasingly found there, it is a good time for you to join and incorporate Twitter into your site. I have already looked at how to brand yourself on Twitter and how to increase the number of your Twitter followers. This article will show you the top 5 Twitter plugins to incorporate into your WordPress.
Add Twitter username field into your comments section
- WP Twitip ID plugin adds an extra field to the comment form of your site so your reader can enter his/her Twitter username. The plugin then displays the Twitter ID in the comment and links it to the Twitter profile of the commenter. Alternatively use a plugin like Disqus to allow users to comment with their Twitter nicknames.
Show reader’s Twitter avatars in comments section
- Twittar plugin lets you show Twitter avatars of your blog commentators by matching the email address in the comment to the user’s Twitter email. If the user doesn’t have a Twitter account, it loads user’s Gravatar image. By installing this plugin you will have a much better looking comments section, with commentators all having an image by their comment. Again even in this case Disqus plugin can help.
Get tweets about your site posted as comments
- Some plugins can import tweets about your posts into your comments. You can display them in between the other comments, or display them separately. So when somebody writes a tweet with your URL or any of your article URL’s in it, it will automatically get posted in your comments as well. Plugin like LiveFyre can help with this. This would mean you will need to use a different solution for your comments area from the default WordPress comments which could be a plus. Here’s more info about this.
Let your users tweet your content for more exposure
- Twitter tweet this buttons let your visitors send tweets about your posts. When the reader clicks on the button, the plugin takes the URL of your article and creates a shorter URL. Then your reader can tweet this shortened URL and a description of your article to all their followers on Twitter. This is great for allowing your users to spread the word for you and help you reach a larger audience. Twitter features this buttons themselves for you to easily insert into your blog. Take a look here.
Integrate your tweets into your posts and sidebar
- Twitter widgets allow you to integrate your Twitter account and your recent tweets within your WordPress sidebar. There are several different options for this so do take a look and explore what fits you best. One of the most popular options is simple displaying your latest 3-5 tweets in your sidebar and having a nice graphic CTA for your visitors to follow you on Twitter. Take a look at this here.
Hopefully these 5 Twitter plugins will help you on the way to incorporating your Twitter into your blog. Doing this will hopefully make your site more interactive and more attractive to other Twitter users and should result in more comments from Twitter users, more tweets about your site and increased number of followers and readers.