How to Create a Twitter Profile Widget

Social-Media-Ideas-GirlTwitter provides you with an easy copy-and-paste cod that allows you show your most recent updates on any Twitter page.

 

And technically, it can be used to show the most recent update on any Twitter account. The only exception is that it does not work on private accounts.

 

To customize and create your profile widget, go to: CLICK HERE 

Settings

To start with, make sure you have the correct username in the Settings:

Preferences

 

On the left menu, click “Preferences” and you have a few options:

Let’s talk about these preference options mean…

  • Poll for New Results: Tweets will appear in real time if this is checked. Otherwise, static tweets will appear.
  • Include Scrollbar: This will include a scrollbar in the widget if checked.
  • Behavior: This section allows you to choose between “Timed interval” or “Load all tweets” and decide how many tweets to be shown in the widget. “Timed interval” means that new tweets will be shown up to the maximum at an interval you specify. “Load all tweets” means all the tweets will be loaded to the maximum, without any time interval.
  • Show Avatars: Choose this if you want your avatar to appear beside each tweet.
  • Show Timestamps: Choose this if you want the timestamp to appear for each tweet.

 

  • Show Hashtags: Choose this if you want any hashtags in your tweets to appear. They will be clickable in the widget.

Appearance

Now you can customize the colors of the widget. You can match your website, come up with your own color scheme or whatever you wish. Simply click the color box and you can select a color using the easy color-selecting tool. Click “Done” when you’ve chosen the colors you want.

You can customize the background and text in the “shell”, which is the outer-edges of the widget. You can also specify the background and text of your actual tweets. And finally, you can specify the color of hyperlinks in the widget.

Dimensions

The final customization you can make to the widget are its dimensions. You can either a specify a height and width or you can choose “auto width” which will automatically resize the widget, according to the space provided and the height required to display the tweets.

Test Settings & Grab Code

Once you’ve adjusted all your settings, you can go to the bottom of the page and test the settings or grab the code. We’re going to grab the code for our web page.

Your code is now ready to copy and paste into your web page.

 

Enter it in your web page, or use the Blogger add tool if you use Blogger and voila! Your widget will appear on your page.

Top 10 Things to Share on Twitter

One of the toughest things about running a great Twitter feed is consistently coming up with things to post. Unlike blogging or social media, on Twitter you might want to come up with something new several times a day. It’s not unusual for Twitter users to post as many as 10 to 20 times a day or more.

Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of things you can post on Twitter. Even Fortune 500 CEOs post everything from useful content to whimsical musings to moderately funny jokes.

Here are ten ideas you can use to come up with things to share on Twitter.

#1 – Recommend a Resource

 

Is there a particular article, book, workshop, DVD, YouTube video, magazine or other resource that you’d recommend? Post a link to that resource, along with a description of what you liked about it.


#2 – Post Valuable Content

 

Posting valuable original content should be the cornerstone of your Twitter feed. You can post all kinds of other content, but at the very basic level your Twitter feed should be all about enhancing your followers’ lives. Here’s an example from the Wall Street Journal.


#3 – Write a Review

 

If you read a book, attended a workshop or purchased a product, write a review of it on Twitter. You can write a very brief review on Twitter, or you can post a much longer review on your website and simply link to it from Twitter.

It shows your readers you’re in tune with the latest information, can think critically and are willing to share what you’ve learned.


#4 – Make an Announcement

 

Are you launching a new product? Starting a new initiative? Beginning a forum? If there’s something new coming up, announce it to your list.

You can also use announcements to build excitement. Instead of just announcing something all at once, use teasers to lead up to the actual announcement event. Drop hints about new things coming up to get people excited, without actually revealing what it is until the time comes.


#5 – Trivia

 

Asking trivia is a quick and easy way to increase engagement. This works particularly well for people who are rabidly passionate about a subject.

Use varying degrees of trivia to keep different kinds of people engaged. Easy questions can help newcomers feel a sense of pride for getting it right, while extremely tough questions will challenge hardcore fans.

Getting people involved always builds excitement for the big day.


#6 – Retweet

 

Find a valuable piece of content on someone else’s feed and retweet it on your feed. This has the added benefit of building trust and reciprocity with the person whom you retweeted.

You can use retweets to supplement what you don’t naturally produce in your Twitter stream. For example, if you have great text content but lack video content, you can instead make it a habit to retweet high quality video content tweets.


#7 – Post Something Shocking, Controversial or Unexpected

 

News about shocking events, controversial opinions or unexpected announcements always gets a lot of traction.

Look for unusual things and see how you can put your own spin on it. Alternatively, look for commonly held beliefs that you disagree with and make your disagreement public.


#8 – Ask a Question

 

Ask an insightful question. Your followers will often vie to be the first to answer the question. If your question is thought provoking, people will often go out of their way to write great answers.

This can help spark very interesting discussions about your question, your products, your brand or your hashtags.


#9 – Say Hello (Every Day)

 

It may be contrary to what a lot of people say, but if you’re an active Twitter user, get in the habit of saying “hello” or “good morning” each day when you log in.

This tells Twitter users who interact with you regularly that you’re open to interaction. People love interacting with other users who’re actually there interacting with them. By saying “hello” at the beginning of every day, you let people know you’re in front of your computer and open to messages and tweets. Add a little something extra to make people think or bring a smile to their day.

Note: Don’t use this tactic unless you tweet at least 10 times a day. Otherwise when someone views your stream, all they will see is a series of “Hello.”


#10 – Post Something Funny

 

Post something off the cuff or humorous. Don’t post humorous content too often if you run a business Twitter feed. However, posting something funny every once in a while can be a great way to keep your stream lively.

Sometimes the best way to post something funny is to just post something off the cuff. If you have a smartphone, post the funny idea you have right away rather than waiting. And note, this is NOT really a tweet from Barack Obama, but is quite funny.


These ten ideas, along with any variations you come up with, will help you keep your Twitter stream flowing with all kinds of different tweets. Develop your own style, blend it with your brand and post consistently to build a strong following.

What have you found is a strong strategy for how you share on Twitter? Please share in the comments.

Sprout Social: A Team-Friendly Approach to Social Media & Analytics

Sprout Social is a social media integration service that integrates with Twitter, Facebook pages, FourSquare and LinkedIn. They have a 100% free trial, where you don’t even need to give them your credit card number to subscribe.

They have two plans that are catered to small business owners: The “Small Biz” package, which comes in at $39 a month, or the “Deluxe” package, which comes in at $59 a month.

Here are some of the things that Sprout Social has to offer:

  • Message scheduling. Instead of having to post your updates live, you can schedule them to be posted at a later time.
  • Google analytics integration. See your traffic stats all in one place, instead of having to log into Google separately.
  • Custom branded reports. If you need to send a client a report, it’ll have your logo on it rather than Sprout Social’s.
  • Social media integration. Integrate many different social media accounts all in one place.
  • Live support. Have a question? Sprout Social is there to answer your questions.
  • Tools for collaboration. Work with your team to get the most out of your social media campaigns.

Here’s how to use Sprout Social to integrate your social media.

Step 1: Begin Your Trial

Click “Start Your 30 Day Trial” to begin the signup process.


Step 2: Select Your Plan

Select the plan you want to use. If you’re a small company, usually the “Small Biz” version is enough. You can always upgrade later.

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Step 3: Create Your Profile

Create your account. Sprout Social will tell you when your trial account is good till on the right hand side.


Step 4: Sign In on Your Twitter Account

Click the “Sign in with Twitter” button to connect your Sprout Social account with your Twitter account.


Authorize Sprout Social to use your Twitter account.

 


Step 5: Business Details

Enter your business details.


Once you’re done, click “Continue” and you’ll be taken to your main dashboard screen.

Step 6: Adding More Profiles

If you want to add more profiles, go to the right hand sidebar and click “Add.”


 

Sprout Social will pop up a box allowing you to choose which social media profile you want to link up.


 

Step 7: Add Team Members

To add more people to manage your account, click “Invite Team Members” on the right hand side.


 

Enter the name and email address of the person you want to add. You’ll need to pay extra to add team members. You can add each person as either a standard user or as an administrator.


 

 

Step 8: The Dashboard

When you first log into Sprout Social, you’ll be presented with your dashboard. Here you can view your new Twitter followers, new Facebook fans, Twitter mentions and so on.


 

Step 9: Messages

To access your messages, click the “Messages” tab in the top navigation bar.


 

Your messages will be displayed in the center. If access messages from different accounts, click the account on the right hand side. To compose a new message, click “Compose” in the upper right corner.

Step 10: Feeds

To access your feeds, click the “Feeds” button at the top. By default, you’ll see your Twitter’s feed. You can also add a LinkedIn feed or an RSS feed.


Step 11: Scheduling

To schedule a message, click “Schedule a new message” in the “Scheduler” tab.


 

The scheduler will pop up. Here you can attach images, write your message and pick a time for your message to be posted.


 

Step 12: Discovery

Want to discover new people to follow or get in contact with? Click the “Discovery” button along the top navigation bar.

Sprout Social will then give you a list of people that they recommend you connect with. Take a look at their profile and if it makes sense, follow them or send them an @mention.


Step 13: Reports

Want to get more details about how your social media campaigns are working? Click “reports.” You’ll be able to view data on both your Twitter accounts and your Facebook Pages accounts.


You can view data on your retweets, incoming messages, new followers and even compare the performance of multiple Twitter accounts.
That’s how to use Sprout Social to manage your social media. Sprout social makes it easy to manage feeds, messages, scheduling and various social media networks from one easy to use interface. They also make it very easy to involve the rest of your team in your social media plans.

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