The official tweet button for Twitter is in partnership with Tweetmeme who are one of the biggest providers of the "Retweet" button for websites all across the world. Tweetmeme also accounts for 750 million daily retweet button impressions. It definitely made more sense for Twitter to use the technology behind Tweetmeme, since it also accounted for shortened URLs.
In future, all Tweetmeme buttons will redirect to Twitter’s "Retweet" button by default and the Tweetmeme team will continue to work with Twitter on the Retweet button and other projects.
The Retweet button from Twitter is easy to integrate and makes use of Twitter’s own URL shorterner t.co, which it also uses to provide a brilliant spam protection mechanism. If you want to make use of the official Twitter Retweet button, head over to this link and create your own. Watch a video of the official Retweet button in action below.
Here is some good news for bloggers who use the Tweetmeme button for promoting their blog posts on Twitter. Tweetmeme has recently added a pro feature, you can now upgrade to Tweetmeme pro for $1000 a year and get added features on the Tweetmeme Retweet button.
According to Tweetmeme, here are the added features in Tweetmeme pro buttons:
You can add up to 10 UTM tracking tags within the pro retweet button, this will be useful when you want to track Twitter traffic in a variety of more ways.
The design of the button can be customized to match with your site’s template.
You can further customize the design of the pop up box, the one which opens when someone clicks the Retweetbutton on your blog posts.
Better performance, dedicated servers to ensure your button is up and working.
Accurate Retweet counts.
Support for hash tags and URL shortener, this includes integration with Bit.ly Pro much awaited.
Here is an example image of the Tweetmeme pop up box, the logo really adds the branding you have always wanted.
There are 3 pricing plans to start with, the basic plan will cost you $1000 a year and up to 500,000 buttons served every day. The Pro plan will cost $2000 which will serve up to 2,000,000 buttons every day. The enterprise plan is $5000 a year, will serve unlimited number of buttons every day.
I think the regular Tweetmeme button does a fine job, however if you need all the advanced customizations and URL tracking with UTM tags you may switch to Tweetmeme pro. I am quite surprised to see that there are no monthly plans for Tweetmeme Pro, this would have allowed publishers with a small budget test the advanced buttons.
Tweetmeme has released a “Follow” button which lets you quickly add a “Follow me” link in your blog so that other people can start following your tweets.
The button works quite the same way as the “Retweet button”. Clicking the button opens a pop-up window which redirects to the Tweetmeme page of your profile. If someone is already following you on Twitter, he will be shown a “Following” status instead of “Follow”.
The button is available in three different sizes: standard, compact and basic.
Adding the TweetMeme Follow Button in Your Blog
Adding the follow button in your blog is quite simple. Copy any one of the following codes and paste it in your blog template. Remember to replace “yourtwitterusername” with your Twitter user name.
The standard button: The standard button shows your profile image as well the follower count in text. The profile image is small but it’s the best option to choose from the lot.
The compact button: The compact button saves space by just displaying the follow button and a small profile image of yours. Ideal placement would be just after the end of your post or in the navigation menu of your blog template.
Well this picture should speak better words than what I want to convey.
I saw this on the newly launched Retweet.com which is a direct competitor to Tweetmeme both of which aggregate links on twitter and show them Digg style to the users.
However looks like Retweet.com has a lot of work to do before they can even come close to the quality that is maintained on Tweetmeme. What is your take on this, do you like Tweetmeme or Retweet.com better?
With the growth of Twitter, a lot of services related to it also experienced the glory. TweetMeme is one such service that, due to its excellent service saw a phenomenal growth in popularity. Almost every other technology blog has a TweetMeme button installed that users use to retweet an article.
Today though, a competitor has launched with full vigor and force. ReTweet is a new service that is trying to compete with TweetMeme in retweeting links. The major advantage that ReTweet has is their domain name ReTweet.com
To strengthen themselves, ReTweet has launched a $10,000 lucky draw in which all the bloggers who swith to ReTweet can participate.
We all love to show off our Feedburner subscription count, twitter follower count so how about a way to tell users how many times your blogs content was shared on twitter?
Tweetmeme the popular service which aggregates all the popular links on twitter to determine which links are popular and allow users to retweet them also offers users with a retweet chicklet to show of the number of times your blog URLs are shared on twitter.
To generate a retweet chicklet visit the chicklet generator page and enter your blog/website URL, choose the color for your chicklet and click on the generate button.
Once the code is generated, just copy it and paste it anywhere on your blog, definitely nice way to show the popularity of your blog on twitter.