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How to Easily Install Twitter Testimonials on Your Blog

A couple of weeks ago I took a look at some examples of how brands collect and leverage Tweeted feedback – which has a positive effect:

  • This creates favorable social media context around the brand (and thus makes it “friendlier”);
  • This engages users to promote the company social media profiles (by adding them to friends, sharing, etc)
  • This makes the brand more trust-worthy (as Twitter testimonials are easier confirmed and verified).

One of the best scenarios you may want to apply (in case you decide to take advantage of social media reviews) is a semi-controlled ones:

  1. You track Twitter mentions and add them to your Twitter favorites (by “starring them”)
  2. You grab your Twitter favorites RSS feed and make it public at your site.

This way you have the full control over what is being shared with your visitors.

Fortunately, it’s all even easier to do than it may sound.

When collecting examples for my BlueGlass post I have linked to above, I stumbled across this nice WordPress plugin that does exactly what I have described above. The smart idea and simplicity of implementation appealed to me so much that I decided to share it at SEJ.

I am sure many of the readers will love it as much as I have.

How Tweet-stimonials Work?

It’s really that fast and easy as it sounds: just install and activate plugin and you are almost done.

Now, navigate to your “Widgets” control panel in your WordPress dashboard, find the “Tweet-stimonials” widget, drag it to the place in your sidebar where you want to display Twitter testimonials and configure the widget:

  • Provide your Twitter handle (the plugin will be using this Twitter account’s favorites RSS)
  • Select how many entries you want to display in the sidebar;
  • Provide the widget name to be displayed in the sidebar;
  • Select if you want users’ Twitter avatar displayed;
  • Select if you want to link to “More testimonials” (will be linked to your Twitter favorites page)
  • Select if you want to invite users to follow you on Twitter.

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You are done! Now check your blog sidebar – as easy as it sounds!

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So Why Can Running Tweet-stimonials Be a Good Idea?

The plugin provides for an easy way to:

  • Personalize your testimonials (display photos of real people who were using your product or service and liked it)
  • Grow your (official account) Twitter following
  • Decide what exactly you want to display there (you are the one who selects testimonials by starring them).

What should you be aware of?

  • The plugin requires PHP5 (so one of my really old blogs couldn’t run it)
  • The plugin is compatible with the latest WordPress version.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Isn’t it a bright idea?

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Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
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15 thoughts on “How to Easily Install Twitter Testimonials on Your Blog

  1. Its a treasure for a newbie…Its best to show Twitter testimonials and even Facebook fanpage on your blog…certainly is one of the basic things to do to make a brand of your blog…

  2. Pretty slick, Ann. This is box-office gold for new blogs and brands, you're right about that. This could be a great way to build authority and give your fans a reason to find you elsewhere on the web. I'm looking forward to giving it a try, thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow, thank you so much Ann! That looks like a really great WordPress Plugin. Great Share! I definitely agree with David that this is a great way to build Authority on your blog!

  4. I had seen these plugin on some blogs and it is a great way to get followers for your twitter account. But the bad side is, you have to always be active on twitter.

  5. That's cool because I actually built that for me a while back using it for my personal stuff. :)
    I've used my twitter favorites as my 'testimonials' for years now. It's a great idea.
    @chuckreynolds