It may or may not have occurred to you to add the @Anywhere application to your website or WordPress Blog.
At first blush, the idea of having your own tweet box from which people may ‘tweet’ doesn’t make sense. Only if you have some incredible content that they want to tweet immediately, would there be a reason for it, and then, lets be realistic, there are all those tweet-this applications that don’t take up nearly so much room in your real estate!
Twitter describes adding @Anywhere as adding “open, engaging interactions providing a new layer of value for visitors without sending them to Twitter.com.”
I don’t see going to Twitter.com as being that difficult, and as I said before there are “tweet this” tools all over the net the size of the little guy to your right. So, what else has it got apart from the tweet box?
There are a couple of linking tricks that come with @Anywhere, and my favorite is the hover box that you get with every twitter address you include in your text. Check them out (Mouse over them)
Twitter’s full list of benefits is small
- Embed a Tweet Box on your site and help your users share what matters to them. Push your content throughout Twitter–from Twitter.com to Google search; from SMS to the tens of thousands of apps.
- Seamlessly activate Hovercards wherever you mention a Twitter account. Form long-lasting relationships that follow users throughout Twitter. Twitter
- Connect provides simple Sign In for tens of millions of engaged users. Access a network made of interests: not just friends, but news sources and businesses small and large.
So there you have it. The Twitter Connect is an obvious rival to Facebook Connect, and really, I don’t care how I log in to some things, if I just don’t have to create ANOTHER log-in to keep up with. Twitter, Facebook, really, one is as good as the other, as long as the place I’m signing in to doesn’t require access to either my Facebook or Twitter account. Then, more than likely, I’m going to just close that window and not explore their site.
I have to admit, I think this Hovercards thing they have going on is sexy. Try the live ones up above (I always wanted Alec Baldwin on my blog . . . ) The one below is a screenshot.
Tweet Box The Tweet box provides a way for users to Tweet directly from your website. To add it we must first review the different configuration options:
counter – displays a character counter. Default is true.
height – height of the Tweet box. Default is 133px.
width – weight of the Tweet box. Default is 515px.
label – title of the Tweet box. Default is “What’s Happening?”.
defaultContent – pre-populated tweet content.
Next up: quick steps to add just Twitter @Anywhere hovercards.