Most bloggers these days use social networks like Twitter to promote their latest blog posts. Some tweet manually, while some use a plugin, third-party app or online service to automatically do it for them. For JaypeeOnline, I use the Feedburner Socialize tool.
Tweeting your latest blog posts is a very effective way to promote not only your posts but also your blog. I know, because I’ve been doing it for a long time now and have seen how these tweets bring in extra traffic to my blog. The thing I don’t like about this setup is that when someone replies to the blog post status update or retweets it, it would only show up on Twitter and not on your blog post. You have no way of knowing about the replies or retweets unless you login to Twitter and check.
With the help of the Twitoaster WordPress plugin, you can automatically retrieve Twitter replies and/or retweets to your blog post status updates and have these “Twitter comments” displayed on your blog posts like regular comments.
Sample Twitoaster Comments:
- Find and retrieve Twitter replies/retweets related to your Blog’s posts.
- Moderation option: Automatically display these Twitter comments on their related posts pages, or hold them in the moderation queue.
- Prune option: Delete all these Twitter Comments (might be useful if you changed your Twitter account).
- Automatically create a tweet when you post.
- Customize your Tweet message (tags like %postname% supported).
- Individual options for each posts (Tweet it? In which format?).
Twitter Charts Widget:
- Analytics charts showing how many replies you are generating, and what day of the week – or time of day – produces the most replies.
- Customization options: Chart title, type, color and size.
Twitter Comments Widget:
- Listing of your 20 most recent Twitter conversations, grouping your Twitter replies with the tweets that inspired them.
- Customization options: Title and number of conversations.
- WordPress (version > 2.2)
- A Twitoaster account. Simply login with your Twitter account to create one.
1. Unzip then upload the twitoaster folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory
2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress
3. Enter the Twitoaster API Key linked to your Twitter account
4. Go to the Settings -> Twitoaster to manage options (Twitter Replies, Twitter Status updates, Twitter Charts…)
The Twitoaster WordPress Plugin is ideal for blogs that have a lot of Twitter followers who reply to or retweet posts. Aside from helping the blogger automatically retrieve replies and retweets, this plugin also helps blog readers and followers to comment on posts via Twitter. This plugin comes with 2 widgets – analytics charts showing how many replies you are generating and listings of your 20 most recent Twitter conversations. The Twitoaster WordPress plugin also has an individual “tweet post” option that updates your Twitter status to your latest blog post the moment you hit the publish button.
Another plugin feature to take note of is the Reset feature. This is handy in case you change your Twitter account or simply just want to get rid of all “Twitter comments”. Just check the option and hit on the button and all “Twitter comments” will be deleted from your blog.
What do you guys think of this plugin? Anyone else using the Twitoaster WordPress plugin on their blog? What are the features or options that you would like to see added to future release of the Twitoaster WordPress plugin? Please share your thoughts.