Category: Social Media

Thoughts on Twitter

Sure Twitter is great if you are a trend setter or a famous person, but as somebody who doesn’t broadcast a lot of what he is doing, I’m not sure how it is supposed to work for me. I follow people and watch what they say and that is pretty neat, but most of the people I follow already have blogs that I can follow. Maybe it makes it easier for the average celeb to share things than setting up their own blog.

I have followers, but I’m not sure why. Some are people I know, some you can tell are robots or accounts that just followed me because one of my tweets contained a word that some aggregator showed some robot or person something that they attached themselves to my twitter account.

I got that one because at one point I must have tweeted about a pool, or my pool.

I don’t tweet a bunch and I see little interaction, when I do it has been from somebody tweeting at my twitter name that seems to have no clue they are not tweeting at the correct person. I’m not sure how people can get so confused as to tweet at the wrong person, I have my picture on my Twitter profile, I have a blurb about what I do and I have link back to my website. Sure Mike Cooke somewhat common name and there are several of us on twitter, but nobody is really close to my Twitter username.


The person he is talking about, isn’t me, but that is my twitter handle.

Now this one seems to be from some sort of conference. Again not me, you would think that if they had a Mike Cooke speaking and it was important enough to tweet about, that they would make sure they get the correct Mike.

At this point I see Twitter as a tool that may not be useful for me, but it is a great promotional and advertising tool, I just don’t have a lot to promote or advertise.

HTML Twitter & Facebook Links

Let’s say you wanted to make a link somewhere on your site for Facebook and Twitter share buttons, but you wanted to control the url, the title, and the message being shared – Here is some example code on how to do just that:

Share this on Facebook

<a href=";p[title]=Put Your Title Here&amp;p[summary]=Put Your Message Text Here.&amp;p[url]="><img style="vertical-align: -10px;" src="" alt="" /><span style="color: black; font-size: 14px;"> Share this on Facebook</span></a>

Share this on Twitter

<a style="text-decoration: none;" href=" The Text You Want in Your Tweet Here @ReplyName : &amp;url=http://yoururlhere/" target="new"><img style="vertical-align: -10px;" src="" alt="" /><span style="color: black; font-size: 14px;"> Share this on Twitter</span></a>

I would typically use this code on a landing page or product page with links back to that specific page and a blurb about the person, site, product. Icons and text for the links can be changed as well as the messages you use inside Facebook and Twitter.

Example 1:

Example 2: