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Posts Tagged ‘Tweetmeme’

POLL: Which Kind Of Retweet Do You Do?

When Twitter’s internal retweet system (code-named Project Retweet) launched late last year I was one of a number of people who was resistant to the development. I’d grown accustomed to the original retweet (RT @ or via) and being unable to edit messages to add your own flavour was a major drawback of the new mechanism.

Things change. Over time I found myself using the new system, first on a very occasional basis but later with increased frequency. I’ve also noticed that other users appear to be retweeting my stuff more and more using the new-style RT – veterans and newcomers alike.

Sometimes, a tweet is so good that all you need to do is hold it up for other people to see. Twitter’s retweet button works perfectly here.

For certain occasions I still prefer the original RT, or more commonly via, which had always been my share method of choice. I don’t think I’ll ever go completely over to the dark side until Twitter gives us at least some edit options, even if it’s just for the free characters in the tweet.

But what about you? Are you sticking hard-and-fast to the old school retweet, or did you move straight over to Twitter’s method? Perhaps, like me, you do a bit of both? Or maybe you don’t retweet at all.

Whatever your answer, please vote in the poll below, and hit the comments to share your thoughts with me.

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Two-Thirds Of The Top 100 Blogs Use A Twitter Share Button (58% Use Facebook, Just 6% For Google Buzz)

An interesting report from Royal Pingdom that analyses the usage of ‘share buttons’ across the top 100 blogs as ranked by Technorati.

Two-Thirds Of The Top 100 Blogs Use A Twitter Share Button (58% Use Facebook, Just 6% For Google Buzz)

Almost all of the Twitter buttons are Tweetmeme, of course – a variation on the same one I use at Twittercism, which is located on the top right-hand corner on this article.

(Go ahead – click it now to see how it works.)

As the article states, it’s perhaps a little premature to be overly critical of the lack of Google Buzz share buttons amongst the top blogs, but I’m guessing that six per cent is actually pretty generous when held up against all bloggers. I’d be surprised if it’s even a tenth of that.

Conversely, you see the Tweetmeme button everywhere. And rightly so – it’s a great product that connects your blog’s readers directly to the best network for sharing news and information.

Read the full report here.

Two Easy Ways To Improve Twitter’s Trending Topics

The trending topics feature is a nice idea on paper, but the delivery mechanism means it is actually pretty useless. Being frank, I rarely give it more than a casual glance. Partly this is because I only occasionally use Twitter.com (favouring clients such as Seesmic Desktop), but even when I do it’s really of little interest because the content is generally vague or redundant. And in those few instances when I want to find out more, I usually have to leave Twitter to do so (or wade through a ton of spam).

Two relatively simple (even obvious) adjustments that could be made to improve this feature:

1. Make It Relevant

Providing me with the ten most popular topics on Twitter is almost completely useless. Sure, it allows me to have rough idea of what’s being discussed on the network, but most of the time these subjects aren’t something that is necessarily interesting to me. It would be far better if I could view the top ten trending topics within my network, or any other chosen demographic (gender, age, location, etc), or even within a selected group of users. (It would also be nice to be able to filter out certain things.) And let me do this over the period of time (or number of tweets) that I choose. By making the trending topics relevant, I could pinpoint the subjects that matter, that I cared about, and react accordingly. And so could you.

2. Add A Mouseover

I’d love to see a simple mouseover effect that would let me instantly see what each trending topic was about. I can do this currently by visiting a site such as What The Hashtag? but that means leaving Twitter (which means this is broken). Twitter should either leverage the services of an external service like WTH or develop their own definition process. Just scroll your mouse pointer over a trending topic and the definition/reason pops up on the screen. Yes, I can click on a topic and try and determine what is about by reading the thousands of tweets, but this typically means wading through hundreds of spam messages and questions such as, “Why is [insert trending topic] a trending topic?” And if the trending word is broad enough (Apple, say), you’ll be hard-pressed to find the reason at all.

Websites such as Twitscoop and Tweetmeme not only do a better job of informing us what is popular on Twitter, but allow us to shape the data, too. Twitter has a slightly baffling history of coming up with great ideas (either developed in-house or in-stream) that are then modified and improved by somebody else. The madness has to stop. If you’re going to put trending topics on every page, why not do it right?