Today I will discuss some of the tools I have found to improve your use of Twitter in relation to your blog.
First to integrate your Twitter feed on to your blog there are a couple items you can use. Tweet My Blog will allow you to easily add your latest tweets to your sidebar. It will also send your latest blog post out as a tweet to your Twitter account automatically.
A similar plugin with a few more features is Twitter Tools. This will also allow you to use your tweets as blog posts.
Either of these tools will allow you to automate the process and send tweets when you update your blog along with showing your tweets on your blog.
There is another tool that will allow you to auto post your blog posts to Twitter. It’s called Twitter Feed and will monitor your blog’s RSS feed and post to Twitter when it finds new information on a regularly scheduled basis. It also works with other services like Ping.fm. This service allows you to post at one place and have it update Twitter along with your other social sites like Facebook, Friend Feed, et al.
Another good plugin allows you to add a place in your comments for people to leave their Twitter username. It’s called WP Twitip ID. It makes it easy for you and your readers to follow your commenters on Twitter, which adds a great sense of community and interactivity. It also allows your readers to connect with those leaving valuable comments which is a true win–win and another way for others to contribute to the conversation there.
The final tool that I have found is called Mr. Tweet. Follow Mr. Tweet and you will receive recommendations of people you should be following and he will recommend you to others. This allows you to expand your sphere of influence from their recommendations.
It will save you time although you could and should be finding those worthwhile people yourself and following them as you find them.
So that’s a very brief introduction to some Twitter tools for bloggers. I’ll be looking at more in the future. In the final part of this series of three posts, we will look at using Twitter for research for your blog.