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tweeting from site to twitter

10:53 pm on Jun 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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On a new site we wish to display Facebook and Twitter icons on some pages so that members of those services can click the link & publish on that service, so promoting our site. Facebook Share functionality seems perfect for the requirement, is there a Twitter equivalent?

We have our own URL shortening service and a short URL for each page (& therefore must use our own service, not another service).

I see one news publisher using a standard link format as follows
this seems basic, and can obviously be expanded slightly with additional text - are there any disadvantages of using such a method?

Some large sites display a green 'retweet' button (with # of times retweeted to the left of the button) but I believe this service forces use of a public URL shortening service (which we don't want). Also, just a general twitter question, why do they term this a 'Retweet', i thought retweeting & RT was reserved for when retweeting another tweet, not a web page?

Many thanks for your comments
6:18 pm on June 17, 2010 (gmt 0)


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Jackdack, are you using a CMS of some kind, or are the pages individual HTML pages? There are plugins for Wordpress and similar that do what you want.
3:48 am on June 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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hi rogerd, it's a custom CMS... Thanks

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