Have you ever had a quote or stat that stood out that you wanted your audience to share? I was reading an article on Jay Baer’s fantastic blog – Convince and Convert and noticed that he was using Sumo Twilighter to incorporate a button that people could press that would offer the opportunity to share the quote socially.
I liked the idea of people being able to easily Tweet out a phrase that I built myself, so I decided to do the same with our site. However, when I looked at all the offerings out there for plugins or integrations, they were all clunky added a lot of overhead. So, I built an integration into our WordPress theme that prepopulated a tweet. It worked beautifully… and then one of my clients saw it and wanted it on their publication, too.
Since I coded it to my theme, I had to pull it out and build a plugin. Last night I published that plugin, TweetThis Shortcode. If you’re used to using shortcodes, it’s simple… just wrap the quote you’d like and the plugin does the rest:
[tweetthis hashtag="wordpress"]Fantastic shortcode #plugin to automatically populate a tweet![/tweetthis]
The result is a link that grabs that phrase, adds your Twitter handle, adds the hashtag, adds a Font Awesome icon next to the link, and even shortens the link using the Bit.ly API so you can track how well the link is performing:
Fantastic shortcode plugin for WordPress to automatically populate a tweet! Tweet This!
Click the link above to see how your Twitter update is automatically populated! Cool stuff! If you’d like to install the plugin, just add a new plugin and search for TweetThis Shortcode in the WordPress plugin repository.
We’ve also added a section where the posts you’ve added the TweetThis Shortcode to are listed with links to their Bit.ly reporting page so you can see how they’ve performed.
More to come! We are already seeing some great results with the plugin – with our top post having over a dozen visitors clicking the link.