To Tweet or Not to Tweet

I finally created an account on Twitter last Friday. I figured it was the right time since I recently entered myself into the blogosphere. My assumption was there are already many plugins for WordPress to integrate with Twitter. Seems like a match made in Heaven to me. Programmatic real-time Tweets generated for new blog posts. Programmatic real-time widget on my WordPress page for new Tweets. Content begetting content – a UGC dream.

My assumption was correct. There is an ample supply of well-executed plugins, widgets, and code snippets to elevate the symbiotic relationship between WordPress and Twitter. I’m going to try Twitter Tools developed by Alex King because it was the first organic result in my Google query for “wordpress twitter.” It is force of habit. I completely disregard paid search results for some queries such as this one, but focus exclusively on paid search results for other queries (for example, when I am searching for the best price on a specific model of a mainstream consumer electronics good). I digress, but search engine user behavior is fascinating to me and is worthy of a dedicated post.

Within hours of creating my Twitter account I was following nine other accounts and had three people following mine. Don’t know if there has ever been another form of self-expression that is able to generate unsolicited interest from total strangers. I have to admit I am currently addicted and have logged in to my Twitter account regularly (including from both my Treo and Blackberry) since its creation. However, I was addicted to the Nintendo Wii when I first purchased it. It now has a quarter inch layer of dust on it as well as its controllers.

5 thoughts on “To Tweet or Not to Tweet

  1. Ian Leong Post author

    Twitter Tools 1.5.1a from Alex King is now installed in the righthand sidebar. If you are interested in learning more, check out the “Powered by Twitter Tools” attribution link under the sidebar with my three most recent Tweets. Please support open source software developers and give credit where credit is due! Alex was courteous enough to include an option in the admin to disable the attribution. I strongly encourage you to leave it visible if you are using Twitter Tools.

    This plugin also allows for posting Tweets directly from the sidebar widget. I don’t have time (too lazy after a long day) to see if the ability to post Tweets is associated with authenticated users in WordPress or if it’s open to anyone/automated agent on your blog. As a result, I left that feature disabled.

  2. Ian Leong Post author

    @ SEO Consultant
    Hey, Matt, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I just logged in to Twitter and am now following you. Looks like you’re just a tad bit more advanced than I am with Twitter LOL.

  3. Ian Leong

    Ian,

    Maybe your tried ‘ileong’ as your Twitter id first – that is me. Anyhow interesting to note that we have the same name, and more interestingly we are in a related field – I do marketing and interactive stuff so there is common ground there.

    ‘Leong’ – are your parents from Malaysia or Singapore? I am in California at the moment.

    That is not my email address in the form field – do a direct message to me on Twitter if you like, regards,
    Ian

  4. Ian Leong Post author

    Ian Leong :
    Ian,
    Maybe your tried ‘ileong’ as your Twitter id first – that is me. Anyhow interesting to note that we have the same name, and more interestingly we are in a related field – I do marketing and interactive stuff so there is common ground there.
    ‘Leong’ – are your parents from Malaysia or Singapore? I am in California at the moment.
    That is not my email address in the form field – do a direct message to me on Twitter if you like, regards,
    Ian

    Haha what a coincidence! Sorry it took a while to approve your comment, but filtering through the spam is a nightmare.

    My dad is from Malaysia and my mom is from Taiwan. Excellent obversation on your part LOL.

    I will DM you on Twitter with my email. We should collaborate on dominating first page search results for queries on our name!

    Regards,
    Ian

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