TweetMeme

TweetMeme is a plug-in that displays the number of tweets that have linked to a post, and also gives visitors the chance to re-tweet a post using the button.

It looks something like this:

TweetMeme Button

If you want to install TweetMeme on your blog, then you will find it in the plug-ins repository.

TweetMeme in the plug-in repository

However I have mixed feelings about it, which is why I have decided not to install it on the DIY Blogger site.

Whilst I agree that it normally works well and is fairly configurable, I have had some problems with it.

TweetMeme settings (click to enlarge)

TweetMeme settings (click to enlarge)

Here are some of them:

  • The buttons show up in the RSS feed in Google Reader, but if you click on them the RT goes to @tweetmeme, and not to the account defined
  • I cannot place an image at the top-right of my post, as they get positioned to the left of the button.  Of course, I could move the button.
  • Some pages pick up the button as the featured image for the post, because it is generally the first one that they see.  I have had this happen on Facebook at times.
  • I have had some cases of tweets not being picked up by TweetMeme, and hence not being counted.

Somehow I also feel that TweetMeme is like comments – people do not like being the first one.  I have also noticed that i do not use it myself when visiting a blog, I copy the URL and tweet about it in the normal way.

So I  have started deactivating TweetMeme on some of my blogs and replacing it with a different plug-in called “AddThis”, which I will write about in a future post.

About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a blogger from Germany. He has written code for WordPress themes since 2006 and been creating websites since 1994.
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