Have you become addicted to telling the world what you’re up to in 140 characters or less? If so, we’ve launched a feature that you’ll love: a Twitter widget for your sidebar.
Now you can quickly and easily keep your readers connected to your updates on Twitter, and make your blog the home of even more of your content. We use it on the WordPress news blog to let you know what’s going on with our @wordpressdotcom account.
All the links that you post to Twitter remain clickable in the widget, and your @ replies link to user profiles, like when you say, “Hey @photomatt!”. Hashtags link to Twitter Search for that term, like #wordpress. Timestamps link to the individual update, and the heading of the widget links back to your profile.
To add the Twitter widget to your WordPress.com blog, just head to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard. The brand new Twitter widget option is there waiting patiently for you.
Click “Add” to add it to your sidebar, and then click “Edit” to set your Twitter username and choose how many updates you’d like to display. No passwords needed.
Have more than one account on Twitter? No problem. You can add as many as you like! Just add another widget as you did before.
Update: We’ve released the Wickett Twitter Widget plugin for WordPress.org users.
The internet is boring. Knowing every surface detail about every person with a head shot and an opinion is boring. Why would I want to add to the boredom of the internet by combining boring blogs with boring microblog tools? If I remember my math, 2 negatives don’t make a positive.
I know this seems like a very basic question. I am still new at all this and excited to catch up.
Looking for the main benefit / reason of adding the twitter to my wordpress blog. I just signed up to twitter.
1. Does that mean when I add a status to my twitter, the widget on my blog will show it?
2. When I post on my blog, will it show it automatically on the status of my twitter? If not, do I just cut and paste my link from the blog to my twitter status.
Obviously my goal is to get more traffic to my blog.
Nick, Thanks for the responses, – I am getting there, one inch at a time.
I am still not seeing the main purpose of the widget?
1. What is the benefit of my blog readers seeing my status update on twitter?
2. If I put a link of my post on twitter status, it would show on my widget on the post?
Is this one of those moments that the answer is so basic that I am missing it?