We love to create new features on WordPress.com, but we also like to make it easier for you to connect your site with other popular services. We’ve teamed up with the folks at Twitter several times over the years, and we’re thrilled to help them unveil the new Follow Button to the world for the very first time today.
The new Follow Button makes it easy for your readers to follow you on Twitter without ever leaving your WordPress.com site. Here are three ways to incorporate it on your site:
1. Add the new Follow Button to posts, pages, or text widgets. You can even show a count of your followers, customize the colors, and display a link to your Twitter page. Check out the Twitter Follow Button support document for all the details.
Here’s a working example of what the new Follow Button looks like:
2. Embed fully functioning Tweets on your posts and pages with Twitter Blackbird Pie. The new Follow Button will appear in the upper right hand corner of the Tweet.
3. Activate the Twitter Widget on your site’s sidebar to display the Follow Button below a list of recent Tweets.
We hope the new Follow Button will help you to boost your site’s reach and exposure. Don’t forget that there are additional ways that you can integrate Twitter with WordPress.com:
- Add a Twitter sharing button to the bottom of your posts or pages with the Sharing feature
- Tweet new posts automatically to your Twitter account with Publicize
Jun 7th at 9:08 am
Thanks Nick for these tips. Will definiely add this to my blog.
Jun 7th at 3:46 pm
Wonderful, now all I have to do is open a Twitter account.
Jun 7th at 8:50 pm
Yes!! I’m going to do this ASAP!! Someone please give me reco’s on Facebook integration, also!
Jun 8th at 12:12 am
Why can’t you guys make the facebook like box available as a widget?
Jun 8th at 12:32 pm
This is great! I’ve been using it for a while. Thanks WP!
Jun 8th at 3:20 pm
I’m always quoting Twitter. This helps so much. It would be nice if we could embed multiple tweets by dragging and dropping instead of copying and pasting each URL.
Jun 8th at 4:43 pm
Continuing WordPress brilliance, Thanks a bunch! @}-}–
Jun 8th at 6:00 pm
I will be using this soon! Thanks!
Jun 8th at 6:24 pm
Waiting for the possibilty to align the button!
Jun 8th at 8:00 pm
I’ve laid the code out exactly as you’ve instructed but it doesn’t actually bring up a ” button “…more like a checkmark with our twitter name….and yes, i did verify to make sure i was embedding the code for the button only. Any thoughts?
Jun 8th at 9:43 pm
Works like a charm — been using it for a while — and (for those that care about this type of thing) the twitter feed pulls nicely into search results leading a little extra traffic to my blog!
Jun 9th at 1:24 pm
Follow features are really handy! Glad this is available now.
Jun 11th at 7:13 am
Sounds wonderful, I’ve been waiting for something like this. I’ll be adding the follow button to my page soon.
Jun 12th at 12:37 pm
One more step to bringing all social media sites together can it work the other way around as well?
Jun 13th at 6:51 am
This is a cool feature and good direction in terms of continuing integration with different platforms which will especially be more beneficial for people making their money online. Keep the innovation going!
Jun 13th at 5:30 pm
Definitely will come in handy for a new blogger, like myself. I get a lot of traffic from Twitter so I cannot wait to implement this feature!
Jun 14th at 6:16 am
Awesome! I’m definitely going to use this new method.