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A raw twitter stream will typically look like gibberish for the uninitiated, especially when Twitter is used right. The short format (max 140 characters) typically force the tweeter to use very domain specific lingo, which may look weird for the outsider. This is why you might feel alienated when you visit certain Twitter streams. You should only follow ...


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Google Analytics doesn't support automated annotations via their API (although there's an open feature request for it). Likewise, they don't appear to support bulk import of annotations. As such, even if you could extract original publish dates from your blogging software (or lift them from twitter), you're stuck adding each annotation manually, one at a ...


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You can do social media share buttons without using JavaScript that would allow the sites to track your users. All the sites support links for sharing content. For this to work you need to be able to URL encode some information about your page to insert into links: URL: http://example.com/mypage.html -> http%3A%2F%2example.com%2Fmypage.html TITLE: My ...


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It is illegal to copy someone else's written work without their permission. You should also check the terms and conditions of the social network in question as well, because they may also have clauses where they retain some rights of what users post. Furthermore, search engines typically frown upon content that is copied straight from other pages and rank ...


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Why use Twitter: It's a great way to communicate quickly and easily to people interested in your product/service/company. Many people have Twitter running whenever they are on their computer or smart phone. Reaching them is as easy as a 140 character or less tweet. Tweets are easy to forward. Let your twitter followers advertise for you. It's not uncommon ...


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Putting or not social media icons is mainly a matter of marketing. It strongly depends on the kind of website you're running and your target audience (selling dental implants to elder people might not get that much more traffic from social sites), basically they are a way to attract the more people you can. It's free advertisement, more or less. And, imho, ...


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This is done "algorithmically." There's an expandable section under the yellow highlighted bit that provides some explanation: Bob, whose Gmail address is surferguybob@gmail.com, is signed in to Google and searches for [ california surf spots ]. He may see a surfing webpage shared by his friend Alice on Twitter, as well as a message asking him if he ...


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The word for what they are doing is transclusion. The method they are using is OEmbed (details here). According to twitter though Sorry, we're not offering a path to inclusion at this time. Inclusion means inclusion on a whitelist of OEmbed providers. What gets shown below the tweet depends on the other website - it could be a picture, or "media" ...


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From the button FAQ: I use a URL shortener and my count isn’t incrementing, what’s wrong? When asking how many times a link has been Tweeted the Tweet Button uses the URL you ask it to share. If this is a shortened URL this will often return 0. This is because Tweet Button counts the final destination of the URL passed to it, not the shortened ...


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You can upload pretty much any size you want and the services will resize to suit (what they can resize to is listed below). Facebook: The max is 540px high by 180px wide. Twitter: Has 2 - 73x73 px and 48x48 px. You can also see the image full size by clicking on it in a users profile. Youtube: Is 88x88 px. edit Thanks to DisgruntledGoat for the ...


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That's an expanded tweet. They have partnerships with various companies to display more detailed information from them. The actual update is still just the bit above from Ben and stops at the reply, favorite, etc. buttons. The stuff below is injected by Twitter.


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Since Mahesh didn't come back to write this up as an answer I figured I would. It is going to be hard to work out why spammers do what they do - it could have been a bug in their system so they spammed the wrong URL out, or they could be trying to damage your name on Twitter, or a host of other things. My advice would be to not lose too much sleep over it. ...


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This is determined by Twitter, presumably using whatever services/sites they see as most popular or desirable. Also note that the services previewed are referred to as "partnerships," so it seems likely there's actually a formal relationship involved and not just some metadata on your end, for example. The feature was mentioned in an early blog post around ...


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I don't think it's a case of being fashionable or just doing it because everyone else is. These buttons are an easy way to get word out about your website quickly and for free. If anything, not putting them on your website would be something to question (although there are legitimate reasons not to use them, too).


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It sounds like you once set up a third-party service to automatically post the RSS feed for that domain to your twitter account. The old domain now has an active RSS feed again, and so the third-party service is posting to your account once more. You can revoke access to third-party apps by following these steps: Log into your twitter account at ...


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Yes, you can. I already have implemented this on my blog with a combination of http://bitly.com/ and http://www.addthis.com/ and it's pretty much easier and you don't need create a bunch of line of code. First, create and account on bitly.com and addthis.com. Login in your AddThis account and connect it to your bitly account. Follow this instructions for ...


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Why do you want to force your users to like your Facebook page when they signup? I would never do this. Imagine you sign up for a page and you notice that they automatically added a Facebook like without asking you. Instead of this place a box with the "Like" button on the page that is shown after signup.


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Blogs seem to be all the rage. But do they always fit the situation? I would answer that by testing a blog internal within the company to first test if there are enough topics that could be covered as to create new and interesting content consistently and for a prolonged period, and two whether you can plan the keyword usage effectively enough to create an ...


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You can use the RSS feed from Twitter, store the entries in your database (to get past the 24/72 hour limit) and use a #hashtag or similar which you can check for to see if should be published. How often you check the feed, how purge database entries and how many #hashtags you use is up to you and the amount of time you have.


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Was it http://www.paywithatweet.com/ ? For Wordpress there's a plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet2download/ I haven't used either, so I can't recommend them.


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Use the official one. Twitter took over the basic button last year, anyway. Any actual Tweetmeme buttons you still see were most likely just never updated/switched and there'd eventually just be a redirect of some kind on their end that leads to essentially the same result.


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I've never pulled activity data out of Github, so the below only applies directly to Twitter. I would imagine a lot of it is more or less the same for Github, though. I wouldn't rely on RSS for anything from Twitter. They've been killing it off ever since they started previewing NewTwitter. I actually think it's entirely gone now except for a few places ...


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It isn't possible yet since what you want to do is exactly what Twitter Cards will soon provide: It isn't available for every one at the moment but will be available in the future. Right now, you can anticipate the release of Twitter Cards by adding some meta to your html like: <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary"> <meta ...


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You can write a basic script using the twitter api to return the information. Notice: As of April 1st 2010, the Search API provides an option to retrieve "popular tweets" in addition to real-time search results. In an upcoming release, this will become the default and clients that don't want to receive popular tweets in their search results will ...


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Which of the social plugins above really affects SEO - Why and How? None of them help you with SEO and that's ok because that's not the point of them. They're they're to help you promote your website, they're not SEO tools. Is it enough to put an anchor link to the page in the social network (facebook.com/page, twitter.com/page ...) or do I really ...


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Well you can use the awesome IFTTT to handle such trigger. Here are two recipes for Facebook and Twitter: Blog post to Facebook Blog post to Twitter For Google Plus, it seems to be more complicated. If you have a wordpress blog, it will be easy with this recipe. Otherwise, you can customize this one (which is Twitter to G+).


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Depends if you mean safe as in secure, or safe as in for the benefit of your website. In theory using twitter/facebook is more likely to be secure than rolling your own registration - this very website made the decision to use openID as supposed to rolling its own, so your in good company. The most immediate thing which springs to mind is what if people ...


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Modern inbound marketing does not just rely on getting indexed by Google's spiders, or even just Google and Bing/Yahoo. As SEO and SMM become more and more intertwined, more and more social media and social sharing services come into play. As such, you'll see crawlers that aren't just search spiders. When you post a link on Twitter and it gets shortened by ...


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The authoritative place to ask this question would be to the developer of your widget, or if you developed the code yourself, post a question in Twitter's Developer Site I see similar questions to yours, but not an exact match, on their developer questions page: Backlinks Most popular social widgets use the same API supplied by the social site like Twitter, ...



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