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Using Twitter to update your website
Adam Provis, May 8, 2011
A quick and easy way to keep your website updated with your latest news, special offers or events is to use a Twitter display on your pages. Even if you have a CMS on your website it can be more hassle than it’s worth to constantly update your site with small updates.
At the base of the page (just before the </body> tag) insert the following:
Change YOURTWITTERNAME to the twitter account that you wish to display and place a div statement somewhere within the html with an id=’tweet’ where you would like the tweets displayed as follows:
Now the latest tweets will show on your site. You may wish to make a separate twitter account just for this so that it doesn’t get mixed up with your other tweeting such as @mycafespecials.
To increase visibility of your specials/ news/ offers, you can also link the twitter feed to your facebook account so that your friends on facebook can see the entries as well. Further information on how to do this can be found here.
It should be noted that this will not benefit your website interms. The tweets displayed will only be visible to human visitors as they are loaded from the visitors’ browser, search engine spiders will not see them. If we find there is significant interest we will develop a server side version of this to add twitter into the page so that search engine spiders can see it as well. If this is something that you might be interested in please let us know in the comment box below.
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