Twestimonials: how to use your tweets as testimonials
The problem with tweets is that they only last about 3 or 4 hours at best. Once tweeted, they disappear down the Twitter feed, never to be seen again.
Yes, using the Favourites feature is a great way of highlighting your favourite tweets – both tweets from others that you find useful, plus tweets of your own.
But after a few days or weeks, they too disappear down the list.
Since launching my Web Tech Club, I’ve been getting some lovely tweets from my club members. And it just didn’t seem right to let these disappear in to the Twitterverse. So I thought I would share a simple little copy and paste job that I have done on these tweets.
Here’s what I have been doing and if you want to give it a go, then give it a go!
I’ve been screen grabbing a copy of the lovely tweet, using them as an image and then adding them to newsletters, web pages and even to my Facebook Page welcome note.
Each tweet has its own unique web link. Click on the time/date link to open up the tweet in a new browser window and then use a screen grab tool such as Snagit or Jing to create a jpeg image.
This jpeg image can then be used in any document, webpage or HTML email format you like – just as you would any image or photo.
Have a look at my Facebook Page as an example. Or here are a few below.
So, don’t let your lovely tweets go to waste. Save them as an image and use them in your marketing material.
UPDATE 7th November: I’ve just checked out the latest update for the wordpress plugin “Twitter blackbird pie” which allows you to embed a tweet in to your wordpress blog posts and pages. tI didn’t work well a few months ago, but now it seems to work rather nicely now. Here’s an example below:
If you are using the new Twitter interface, just make sure the “#!” in the url link is removed as it doesn’t work with this – best to use the ID of each tweet which is the big long number you see in the url after the word “status”.
The other benefit of this plugin is that it gives your readers a direct link to the tweeter you’ve credited (although I do note, the link doesn’t give you an option to open in a new window which is something I would prefer to offer).
I still think the safest and best way to keep your most favourite tweets is to screen grab though. Tweets do disappear over time and although this is a fun, quick and easy way of adding a tweet to your wordpress site, it only works whilst the tweet stays alive. And for those of you not converted to WordPress yet, then this plugin obviously won’t help you ;o)
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