Friday, October 12, 2012

Twitter Not Displaying On Blog

It was on Wednesday afternoon I first noticed that the feed of tweets from my twitter account was not showing up in the sidebar like it is supposed to. 24 hours passed... then 36... I decided to investigate.

Of course, my first stop was Google. I looked to see if anyone else was experiencing the same problem, but as is usually the case with Google, I was seeing people who did have the problem, but that was back in 2009.

I found "official" Google instructions on a googlepage for configuring a twitter feed display widget, but that also failed to work. So something is happening. An update? A change? If it's anything of note I'm sure I'll hear about it before the weekend is over.

But wait! Mark Schaefer of businessgrow.com brings up some very valid (and timely) reasons why twitter trackers should NOT be displayed on our blogs and websites. Here is a snippet:

"...If you display your Twitter feed on your website, you’re displaying one side of a two-sided conversation. It’s conversation out of context. Why would you do this? What possible value could this create?

A couple years ago, a friend asked me to review his website. When I went to his landing page the thing that hit you right in the face was the word “PORNOGRAPHY” in the Twitter stream. In context, he was making a funny comment in response to a friend. On a website it sends the wrong message."

You can read the complete article here. I also have noticed that some blogs display a box in the header that shows the last thing they tweeted only. SO, what now? Should I leave the twitterfeed running (if it comes back up) or should I banish it from this humble weblog?

ONE MORE THING ::: I notice lately a very minimalist theme across the "blog guru" websites. Suddenly, your blog sucks if you have a blogroll or "too much" in the sidebar. Really? I think of my blog here as more of an information portal. And not just for my readers... there are blogs and websites I visit along with services I use (and a few things I want to keep in mind, although on the backburner) whose links appear in my sidebars. So you see, my blog is a valuable tool for ME, as well as YOU!

Seen on fanfaresocialmedia blog ::: "In my opinion, your blog is the key to your content generation strategy. It can be the core of all your ideas and provocative engagement questions. Blogs do well in google searches. And they are great for pushing out smaller batches of content to your social networks with a link to your blog."

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