So I was
surfing doing research recently and I saw something I see a lot. Whenever I see it, a small part of my geeky heart dies inside so I thought I'd share.
It has to do with the social sharing buttons you find on blogs (like the cluster of buttons you see at the end of this post). Specifically, it has to do with the Twitter sharing button.
Here's what happened the other day and what happens frequently.
I was reading a post on a pretty large blog. The posts was excellent and I wanted to share it on Twitter. Naturally, I clicked the Twitter icon at the bottom of the post. This is what popped up:
I blurred out the post title and the link to protect the innocent.
Let me break it down:
- This is the post title. Good.
- This is the shortened link to the post. Good.
- This is the Twitter handle (a.k.a. username). This is where the problem is.
Clearly this person is using ShareThis (not a bad service) to allow others to share her stuff.
The problem? If it were me, I'd much prefer my own Twitter handle in there, not ShareThis's handle, wouldn't you? It is my post after all; I'd like my name attached to it.
Plus, I'd like this tweet to show up in my Twitter mentions so I know who was kind enough to share my post! As it is now, if someone shared her post, ShareThis would know and she wouldn't.
So how do you make sure your Twitter handle is in there?
First, go click the Twitter sharing button on one of your posts. What pops up? If your Twitter handle doesn't appear, you're losing out.
If you're using a plugin, check the settings and look for a place where you can enter your own Twitter handle. If your sharing button is hard-coded, edit the code.
Incidentally, if you're using ShareThis, you won't find the option in your setting. Instead, they explain how to insert your @Name on their FAQ page. (Scroll down until you see "How do I add via @TwitterHandle to the end of Twitter shares from my site?")
If you can't figure it out, I use the Social Sharing Toolkit plugin (they are not paying me to say this, lol) and I can recommend it. If you want to give it a whirl, install and activate it (here's how to install a plugin) and then go to Dashboard –> Settings –> Social Sharing Toolkit. The place to enter your Twitter handle is under the "Content" tab. Don't forget to save your changes!