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Topsy Button versus Tweetmeme Button

Encouraging Tweets of the current page has become one of the most powerful ways to attract extra traffic and help viral effect.

Tweetmeme button is probably the most popular way to do that, however more and more often I come across blogs that use a similar one provided by Topsy.

So what’s the difference between the two Twitter buttons?

Tweetmeme button Topsy button
Tweet count yes yes
Where the Tweet is generated pop-up new tab
Twitter authentication required yes (but works either way) no
Shortcode yes yes
Instant /one-click Tweeting yes no
Load time Topsy button seems to take less time to load but this requires ore time to test)
WordPress plugin yes yes
Tweeted status Retweet / Tweeted no
Page RT rank no yes
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Tweetmeme WordPress plugin:

Tweetmeme plugin does have quite a few customization options that make it possible to position the button and set its look and feel:

  • Set which page types to display the button;
  • Position it: after or before content (or both) or with the shortcode (wherever you place it);
  • Customize styling (floating, margin, etc);
  • Choose the type of the button (normal size, or compact widget);
  • Set the source (the Twitter name that goes after RT@ in the actual Tweet);
  • Select the URL shortener;

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Topsy WordPress plugin

Topsy plugin seems to be easier to customize and besides there are more options:

  • Topsy button can be inserted anywhere in the post using the shortcodes [topsy_retweet_small] or [topsy_retweet_big]
  • The position and styling of the button can be set with help of a handy table (which allows to customize the button for each type of a page separately);
  • Set the source and the button name;
  • Choose the color scheme;

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So which one do you prefer?

 Topsy Button versus Tweetmeme Button
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.
 Topsy Button versus Tweetmeme Button

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15 thoughts on “Topsy Button versus Tweetmeme Button

  1. I’m interested to see what people say – I’ve been looking for a good rundown of the two with load times and dns calls and all that.
    I’ve recently switched from Tweetmeme to Topsy as they have also added the directory of posts on their site like tweetmeme had originally. So with either one you get another link back to your page.
    I switched because tweetmeme seemed to take longer that most things to load on the page and topsy, while not great, is faster in the dns query stage and shows up quicker on page load.

  2. Ann, I am just trying it out tweetmeme one today and like it so far. I know there are others but haven’t try them yet.

    Chuck, good not about performance difference. I noticed a slight drop in page speed after adding the button.

  3. Funny you should mention this, recently had problems with my Tweetmeme button.

    Thanks for your info, I just tried the Topsy plugin, however I feel Tweetmeme is better, If I can ever get it to work again!

  4. Ann, i am using Tweetmeme and i like it too much, compare to Topsy, Tweetmeme is more famous and popular, when if any visitor see tweetmeme button, than he can’t stop himself by Tweeting, if he like information on blog.

    Thanks for more details b/w Tweetmeme and Topsy.

  5. I tried TweetMeme button but it was too slow and sometimes messed up things. Topsy is a lot quicker and gets the job done easily…Plus its color schemes help me in matching the button’s look with my website’s color scheme.

  6. Thanks for writing up a great article comparing services. I thought I would point out a few things you have missed out on the comparison.

    1. TweetMeme does not always require authentication – if the user says no to the OAuth then they from then on can retweet via twitter instead. BUT if they do Oauth they have the added advantage of retweeting without leaving the publishers website.

    2. TweetMeme remembers if you have Tweeted an article – and the button shows this when you return to the article.

    3. TweetMeme accurately relates the retweet count – unlike every other service we have 100% of the tweets – and we also de-duplicate users who try and ‘cheat’ the system by retweeting stories more than once.

    4. Mobile Support – We support iPhone, Android and Blackberry

    5. TweetMeme allows customization of space left in the tweet

    6. TweetMeme has support for #Tags in the tweet

    7. TweetMeme supports 15 shortening services

    This is why we TweetMeme now serves over 300 million retweet buttons per day to over 125,000 websites.

    Thanks,

    Nick (TweetMeme CEO)

    1. Nick, thanks so much for stopping by to explain some of the benefits of Tweetmeme button. I also updated the table to include some of the differences mentioned in the comments (and fix some of the errors).

  7. I still like tweet meme best. True you have to authenticate tweet meme but you only have to do this once and then you can retweet posts with just a single click. From a users perspective this is much more efficient for me.

  8. Amy,

    Thanks for the terrific article! We'd like to join the party and add a few comments about the Topsy button as well.

    Speed/performance

    - Our latest button loads asynchronously, which is an approach also used by Google Analytics. This design ensures that the Topsy button will not block or interfere with any other page element during load. This is sometimes called “lazy loading”.

    - Button load times can be highly variable depending on your browser and Internet connection, but our goal is to render the button in 300ms from anywhere. We wish we could load it in 10ms, but we haven't figured out how to make light go faster yet. :)

    Accuracy

    - Contrary to Nick's comments, our access to Twitter's data is not limited. Only Twitter knows the “right” number of retweets for an URL, and they don't publish that data. Our comparisons show that the average accuracy of both buttons is very close to 100%.

    - Another aspect of accuracy is maintaining a historical record. At heart, we are a search engine, and we maintain our Twitter index in perpetuity.

    Our trackback/analytics pages for articles older than a week are just as complete as recent ones, and retweeted content will always be available via Topsy search. This is a feature unique to Topsy and probably the most significant differentiation between us and Tweetmeme.

    Features

    - We offer the button in 9 colors and plan to add more soon.

    - We allow customization of the text of the button, allowing for
    internationalization and creativity. (tweet is ツイート in Japanese :)

    - We haven't seen a lot of demand for OAuth, but we may make the option available. We do use it on http://topsy.com.

    - We support bit.ly, which is by far the most popular URL shortener, as well as two of the shortest options available, is.gd and tr.im. We try to keep things simple, but if our users want more, we'll add 'em.

    Speaking of users, they are our inspiration and our focus. Our goal in creating the button was to give site owners more options while providing a complete search and trackback platform.

    We think that the most important thing about a retweet button is the great content surrounding it, and we want to do everything we can to support content creators, so send us your feature requests!

    Thanks again for the article Amy, thanks to all of you that have commented and provided feedback, and thanks to Tweetmeme for keeping us on our toes! :)

    Take care,

    brian@topsy

  9. Very very interesting: I am in the beginning of adding votes, tweets, shares and diggs on a blog and this mix of experience reports and kinda marketing comments ;-) gave me many new points of view. To make a descissions is becoming harder now =)

  10. Amy,

    Thanks for the terrific article! We'd like to join the party and add a few comments about the Topsy button as well.

    Speed/performance

    - Our latest button loads asynchronously, which is an approach also used by Google Analytics. This design ensures that the Topsy button will not block or interfere with any other page element during load. This is sometimes called “lazy loading”.

    - Button load times can be highly variable depending on your browser and Internet connection, but our goal is to render the button in 300ms from anywhere. We wish we could load it in 10ms, but we haven't figured out how to make light go faster yet. :)

    Accuracy

    - Contrary to Nick's comments, our access to Twitter's data is not limited. Only Twitter knows the “right” number of retweets for an URL, and they don't publish that data. Our comparisons show that the average accuracy of both buttons is very close to 100%.

    - Another aspect of accuracy is maintaining a historical record. At heart, we are a search engine, and we maintain our Twitter index in perpetuity.

    Our trackback/analytics pages for articles older than a week are just as complete as recent ones, and retweeted content will always be available via Topsy search. This is a feature unique to Topsy and probably the most significant differentiation between us and Tweetmeme.

    Features

    - We offer the button in 9 colors and plan to add more soon.

    - We allow customization of the text of the button, allowing for
    internationalization and creativity. (tweet is ツイート in Japanese :)

    - We haven't seen a lot of demand for OAuth, but we may make the option available. We do use it on http://topsy.com.

    - We support bit.ly, which is by far the most popular URL shortener, as well as two of the shortest options available, is.gd and tr.im. We try to keep things simple, but if our users want more, we'll add 'em.

    Speaking of users, they are our inspiration and our focus. Our goal in creating the button was to give site owners more options while providing a complete search and trackback platform.

    We think that the most important thing about a retweet button is the great content surrounding it, and we want to do everything we can to support content creators, so send us your feature requests!

    Thanks again for the article Amy, thanks to all of you that have commented and provided feedback, and thanks to Tweetmeme for keeping us on our toes! :)

    Take care,

    brian@topsy

  11. Very very interesting: I am in the beginning of adding votes, tweets, shares and diggs on a blog and this mix of experience reports and kinda marketing comments ;-) gave me many new points of view. To make a descissions is becoming harder now =)