Recently I decided to go through my site and look for things that I felt it was missing. I noticed was that I lacked a one-click process to allow folks to follow me on Twitter.
I used to have a Twitter link in my sidebar, and plan to leave it there – but I strategically identified a location I thought might be a good place for the Twitter “Follow” button.
Here’s a screenshot:
I’m not sure if this will distract folks from signing up for my newsletter, but there’s only one way to find out. I don’t see anything wrong with experimenting, right?
I’ve promised you that I’d share things that I do here on my website. It only makes sense to explain how I do the things I do, so that you can benefit as well.
I searched how to add a Twitter “Follow” button and found that this was extremely easy to do. Thankfully Twitter has such great documentation for developers.
If you’re geeky and want to check out the comprehensive explanation (and parameters) you can header over the developer page on adding a “Follow” button.
Below is the code you can use to display various “Follow” buttons. Obviously you’ll want to replace the bgardner mentions with your own Twitter username.
Large button, with follower count
Large button, no follower count
Medium button, with follower count
Medium button, no follower count