How to not waste your blog and your twitter: customizing the tweetmeme plugin

by Julie on February 1, 2010

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I have to be honest, this is driving me crazy. I totally get how novice bloggers and social media neo-phytes are missing the boat here, but big name bloggers are messing it up too!

If you look down towards the bottom of this post, you’ll find a fantastic green button that says ‘retweet’. The folks at Tweetmeme could not have made it easier for you to pop this on your wordpress blog and let people retweet you with one simple click. You can also click on the grey box to see who retweeted you.

But, sadly, most bloggers forget to customize the button, something that’s painfully easy to do. In fact, when you install it, you get directionals that tell you where to go and how to customize it/set it up. As a result of this missed step, when we click to retweet, the twitter post says, “RT @tweetmeme 10 easy step to total bliss: http://xyz.com”.

Do you see it yet? The missed opportunity? With a simple customization, you can make that tweet say, “RT @JohnSmith 10 easy step to total bliss: http://xyz.com”. Now you get the benefits:

  • You get to see and track the retweets by clicking on your @JohnSmith (@replies) tab.
  • You can respond to or thank those retweeters.
  • People in your retweeters stream and across Twitter, will see your handle and what you’ve tweeted

It simply must be done.

  1. Install the Tweetmeme plugin (fyi, you can now do this right from your dashboard, just click on plugins, add new and search for tweetmeme).
  2. Then scroll down to the bottom of you dashboard navigation over there on the right side.
  3. You’ll see an option (similar to the buttons that say ‘posts’ ‘pages’ ‘appearance’ that says ‘Tweetmeme’.
  4. Click it and you’ll get to a page with many options, find the line that says, ‘source’.
  5. Type in the Twitter handle you want listed in your retweets.
  6. SAVE CHANGES at the bottom of the page.

Tweetmeme source

Please, for the love of Charlie – use the plugin so that we can share your information easily and PLEASE customize that button!

Come to think about it – check custom setting options for every plugin you install!

Image credit: Leeni!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Linda (minnemom) February 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Thanks for the easy instructions. It was impossible to ignore doing this!

2 Sandra Foyt February 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

Wow! For once, I was ahead of the tech-savvy curve because I had customized the retweet button. But, I wish I’d had these easy instructions instead of figuring it out the hard way!

3 Anne February 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Ok. Getting on it right now!

4 Christie - The ChatterBox February 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

HA! I almost screwed this up when I installed the plug-in on my blog and The BlogRollers blog. Luckily, I caught it before finishing the redesign so that for both blogs the retweet is from @chatterboxcgc and @theblogrollers instead of @tweetmeme. Good for you for pointing this out! If you don’t know to look for it, you wont see it! 🙂

5 DouglasTurner March 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

“I love it when a plan comes together!”
Thank You for 101 and not teaching it in 1001 style…
1st I search a question in the GoogleChrome browser bar w/the word Retweet in the sentence
2nd Your blog was one of the top 10 results
3rd Your post was quick, clear, and concise… thanks for not wasting time
4th I clicked the link, searched around, got what I needed and now my blog has
the meme button AND html will give me credit!
Bless You My Children! 😉
I’ll be following this blog for sure!

6 Julie March 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Douglas! Thank you so much for the awesome comment! Made our day!!!

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