Seriously. You should start thinking carefully about what you’re favouriting on Twitter. That little gold star could take you places.
Because Twitter has widget creating functionality built-in. You can create a widget that streams all the tweets you’ve favourited. And you can add that widget to your blog.
Hazah! A twitter stream on your blog of all the things you’ve favourited.
It’s pretty powerful to have a stream of people saying great things about you in the sidebar of your blog.
It’s also pretty cool to have a stream of contextual tweets popping up there, too. And you can also do that by building a widget that streams a hashtag like #marketing.
It is not powerful, cool or impressive to have a stream of every joke, meme or cute picture you’ve taken a fancy to on your sidebar. Unless that’s what your blog is about. In which case, go ahead and favourite them all.
So, think carefully about what you want to ‘favourite’. Give it a purpose – a little ‘favouriting strategy’, if you like.
Here’s how to build a ‘favourite tweets’ widget for your blog. It is really. simple.
1) Go to/log in to Twitter
2) Go to Settings
3) Select the Widget option at the bottom of the menu, on the left
4) Select ‘Create new’
You have four options here: timeline, favourites, list and search
The preview lets you see what each option provides, and how the changes you make effect the end result.
Twitter has made it so straight forward at this point, that I’m going to stop telling you how to do this now. But when you hit ‘Create widget’ copy the Widget ID, and then go to your blog site.
I use WordPress. Go to Widgets. Scroll until you find the Twitter timeline widget, and simply paste the ID into the Widget ID section. You can then configure the appearance (scroll bar – yes; borders – no, etc) and away you go.
Simple right? And if you Tweet this article and mention @dibbledabbles, I will favourite it, and then you’ll see your very own tweet appearing right here on DibbleDabbles.com!