In a recent blog post Guy Kawasaki talked about the value of making it easy for people to tweet on your behalf by including some kind of ‘Tweet This’ link or icon with every piece of content. The Twitter equivalent of Digg This, so to speak.
This article describes an easy way to add such a link to each blog post on your Typepad blog using Feedburner’s FeedFlare service and a Personal ‘Twit This’ flare provided by Eric Olson.
If your blog is not currently connected to Feedburner:
- Go to http:/www.Feedburner.com and click on Register. Fill in the registration form. Remember the username and password you supply. After registration, you don’t have to do anything else right now. Go ahead and sign out.
- Sign into your Typepad account. Click on the Configure tab. Click on Feeds.
- Halfway down the page, locate the Connect to Feedburner button and click it. supply the Feedburner username and password you created in Step 1.
- After connecting your blog to Feedburner, click on the Design tab. Click on Content. Look for a checkbox labeled FeedFlare. Turn it on and click Save Changes.
- Time to log out of Typepad. Continue with step 6, below.
- Log into your Feedburner account. Click on the Optimize tab.
- About halfway down the left sidebar is FeedFlare. Click on it.
- Scroll down until you see this Add New Flare field. Click on the Browse the Catalog link.
- Scroll down until you see the Twit This! entry. Right-Click on the word Link and copy the link/shortcut.
- Close the popup window, paste into this field and click the Add New Flare button. “Twit This” and a pair of checkboxes should appear just above the Add New Flare field. Turn ON both checkboxes.
- Click the Save or Activate at the bottom of the screen.
If your blog is already connected to Feedburner, start here.
The next time you create a new blog post, Feedburner will add the Twit This link to the end of every post in your blog.