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Twitter Cards in action

I first wrote about Twitter Cards in June, when Twitter had just announced them, today I got a tweet from Paul Savage who noticed that they were now enabled for yoast.com. That’s super awesome news as it means that the implementation I did in my WordPress SEO plugin works. Of course I had to do…

Twitter Cards, Open Graph & Social Meta Data

Two days ago, Twitter introduced a new system called Twitter Cards (see their docs). It allows site owners to enhance the expanded tweets Twitter creates for their site, much in the same was as  OpenGraph tags give site owners the chance to determine what their posts & pages will look like when shared on Facebook. In…

User Contact Fields in WordPress

WordPress comes with a “default” set of user contact fields, which has always looked random to me: AIM, Yahoo IM and Jabber / Google Talk, instead of what I’d want to have there: Twitter, Facebook and Google+. A while back I got frustrated enough to have a look at how this was actually dealt with…

Search & Social – you can’t get the cream out of the coffee

Yesterday, Google launched “Search plus your World“, intermixing search and social and providing even more “personalized” results. There’s a lot of outcry about some parts of this, with people saying they don’t want “personalized” results. I actually think that normal users do want personalized results and that this is, for the most part, a good thing.…

Are ads preventing your posts from being shared?

I like sharing links on Twitter, I’ve been trying to find a good way of doing that without overloading people, and think I’ve found the solution in Buffer App, which allows me to buffer my tweets. As a result of that, I’m tweeting a lot more links. What I find though, is that I’m reading…

Web Intents from Twitter

At the end of March Twitter released a cool new feature called “Web Intents”. I didn’t really see the value of it till recently, but I’ve now started using it way more. When you have a Tweet button on your site, you’re already using the Web Intents API, but you can do way more cool…

The analytics issue with Twitter

Twitter is great for traffic, but just how great it is, well, you’ll never really know. Why not? You’ll ask. Well, the only traffic you’ll see coming from Twitter is traffic that comes through Twitters web interface. And most people I know don’t use the web interface, they use desktop and / or phone clients.…

Tweetbacks for WordPress

For those who you who’ve been following me on Twitter (if you don’t, it’s about time, I’m @jdevalk!), the fact that I was working on a Tweetbacks plugin for WordPress is no news. We’ve just officially made the announcement on SmashingMagazine, so go read how to implement it there and install Tweetbacks for WordPress on…

TwitterCounter Dashboard Widget

I’ve recently had some fun with developing the TwitterCounter API (to which we’ve added Twitter Rank yesterday) and my first Mint Pepper for it, and I decided it was time to add another milestone to my development career. I’d never developed Widgets for Apple’s Dashboard yet, but I had seen Dashcode, and that it seemed…