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I confess!  I’m a twitter-a-holic!

Like all lovers of twitter I like to include tweets in my posts.  Unfortunately previously this meant screenshots or copying the tweet text into the post.

The good news is thanks to @robinsloan from Twitter Media we now have BlackBird Pie.

With BlackBird Pie all you need to do is:

  1. Add the URL of a tweet
  2. Click Bake It
  3. Copy and paste the code into your post

Since Edublogs allows you to add almost any embed code to posts —  you now have the tweet embedded in your post as a nice screenshot with all clickable links.

I learnt about BlackBird Pie from Kate who has been nice enough to let me demonstrate the steps using her Even Literary Characters are on Twitter post.

Thanks Kate!

@edublogs found B’d Pie from @web20classroom RT of @TechCrunchless than a minute ago via yoono

But before I do!

Can you help?  I’m keen to update my resources on using Twitter for new people!

Please leave a comment to tell us:

  1. What are your 3 (or more) most important tips a new twitterer needs to know?
  2. What are your 3 (or more) reasons why you use twitter?
  3. What are  your favorite twitter tools and apps?
  4. Alternatively, if you haven’t tried twitter and have struggle can you tell us what you don’t understand or want to know more about in terms of twitter?  So we can help you!

Embedding the Tweet from BlackBird Pie

As alway to add any type of  HTML embed code into a post it is as simple as:

  1. Completely write your post including title, text, images, tags and categories.
  2. Click on Save Draft, preview your post and make all necessary edits.
  3. Grab the HTML embed code
  4. Click on the HTML tab
  5. Paste the HTML embed code
  6. Click Publish

And Remember:

  • Don’t click back to Visual Tab before hitting Publish as it can break the embed code.
  • Immediately close your post once you’ve published.
  • Change back to Visual Editing mode when you write your next post by clicking on the Visual tab.

Here’s how it is done with BlackBird Pie:

1.  Locate the URL of the tweet by right clicking on the time of the tweet and copying the link address.

Locating the Tweet URL

2.  Go to BlackBird Pie , add the tweet URL and click Bake it

Pasting the URL into Blackbird Pie

3.  Copy the HTML code

Copy the code

4.  Click on HTML Tab on your blog post.

Your   HTML Tab

6.  Paste the embed code into your post where you want it to appear.

7.  Now click Publish and close your post while in HTML editor mode.

Adding PhotoPeach Embed code to a post

Presto!  The tweet is embedded in your blog post!

Final Thoughts

And if you can help — plesase share:

  1. What are your 3 (or more) most important tips a new twitterer needs to know?
  2. What are your 3 (or more) reasons why you use twitter?
  3. What are  your favorite twitter tools and apps?
  4. Alternatively, if you haven’t tried twitter and have struggle can you tell us what you don’t understand or want to know more about in terms of twitter?  So we can help you!

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  1. And if you can help — plesase share:

    What are your 3 (or more) most important tips a new twitterer needs to know?
    Twitter is like kindergarten: You can play with anyone. Don’t be afraid to speak to anyone.
    Twitter is like highschool: There’s alot of crap, you edit most of it by who you associate with.
    Twitter is like college: There’s a plethora of information and experiences to be had you have to curate you’re own experience.

    Also trending topics. hashtags and retweets can be very useful if you are promoting something or someone.

    What are your 3 (or more) reasons why you use twitter?

    I use twitter to promote my blog, network and share information with a larger group of people than I would have access to face to face.

    What are your favorite twitter tools and apps?
    I guess the only twitter tool I’m using at present is tweetdeck–which has some great built in features among them the ability to juggle more than one account at the same time. But I’m also researching a tool that would allow me to aggregate more followers more quickly.

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    • @catherine wright, great to hear that you had a try. Sorry about the problems with embedding a second tweet but good to hear you found a solution.

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  5. @Gail P Thanks for your great tips. Just to clarify ‘ReTweets will bring new folks to your screen” I’m assuming you mean when some one RT’s someone then check out who that person is they are tweeting to see if worth following?

    Offending is really hard and sometimes you have to accept that like everything in life you won’t please everyone. Some people really like my occasional, crazy series of tweets of weird stuff that has happened in my life while others have sent me emails to explain because I haven’t stayed on focus and only share links talked education that they have unfollowed me.

    Oh I hadn’t checked out TwitterKeys and had wondered how people were inserting those symbols. I may now go crazy. But you aren’t using TwitterKeys to go backward in a conversation?

    @Cathy Yeah definitely way cool. And I love if the person has a nice background how it embeds with that. Might be time for a spring clean of my twitter background?

    Did you have any twitter tools or apps I should add to my list for sharing?

  6. I’m delighted to know someone has figured this out and made a cleaner and more visually attractive way to blog about tweets. 🙂

  7. As for the other questions,
    Why Twitter?
    1. I have found some tremendous reading for my Reader and learned a great deal about what a great teachers does.

    2. I love to learn and this is a great way to navigate my way through the multitude of offerings.

    3. I am basically a shy person and Twitter gets me out of my shell more.

    What tools and apps?
    Sorry, not many. I don’t have any feed programs and don’t check my iPhone.
    The only thing I sometimes use is TwitterKeys. Sometimes when following the backward trail of a conversation, I am stymied by a feed source that stops me.

  8. 1. Go after the network of people you want to create. Don’t expect them to stumble by your site or tweet and search for your name in Twitter. Find your favorite folks and check out whom they follow

    2. Have something about yourself in the Bio and Web sections of your profile. People will want to check you out to be sure you’re not just a spammer or trying to sell something. Even a link to your Delicious or Flickr account will work.

    3. Remember your footprint. When someone clicks on your acct. they will read what you’ve been tweeting about and may learn something you aren’t real proud of. That means, keep the tone appropriate to your followers and don’t offend too often.

    4. I will sometimes choose not to follow someone because they flood my screen with too many tweets in the hour.

    5.ReTweets will bring new folks to your screen. Check them out.