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This was originally published in June 2014, but it bears repeating.

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I’ve been kicking around the Blogosphere for a few years now and try to be a good citizen in regards to sharing on social media, Twitter especially. You know the premise. The idea is to share others’ posts more often than your own, and they in turn, will share your posts. Maximum exposure and everybody wins, yes? Here’s the problem……
Unless you have set up your Twitter share button to include your Twitter name (@TwitterName) , you will not be aware that your post has been shared and neither will your followers! Only the person doing the sharing and their followers can see it, but it looks like the sharer wrote it, not you! Oh sure, they could click on the link for more info, but wouldn’t you rather get the recognition you deserve, immediately? Don’t you think those doing the sharing would also like you to return the favour? Altruism is a wonderful quality, up to a point!

This has been a pet peeve of mine for some time now, as it’s incredibly time consuming to add missing twitter handles on posts I share. Click HERE for a great article on Twitter Etiquette. Learn how to add your twitter handle from these experienced bloggers:



Do you have your @TwitterHandle set up for maximum exposure to your blog?
If not, why not? Will you, in future?

Or, perhaps you don’t have a Twitter account?
That’s okay too, but I am curious why a blogger wouldn’t have one.
Please tell me.

Looking forward to your comments!


[Twitter Bird courtesy of Flickr]

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Debbie D.
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    1. Hi Kim; I see you use the Shareaholic buttons and it’s not set up with your Twitter name. This means unless people change it manually, credit goes to @Shareaholic instead of @krrobi and you won’t be aware of the shares you get. I just tweeted your latest post and did make the adjustment. It’s not so difficult to fix – have a look at the last entry of this post. 🙂

    1. Hi Birgit; Twitter does seem less popular with many Blogger users, but it’s a great tool for blog promotion. This post is for those who do have it but aren’t using it to their full advantage. Thanks for dropping by. Have a great week! 🙂

  1. Not entirely sure what this all means. I’m sort of… technological inept. I’m still trying to learn everything, but jeez. I’ve noticed you tweeting my posts. I’m assuming you have to manually add my username, but I’m not sure how to change that? I’m noticing that thing that scrolls on the side of your blogger page.. is that what you’re talking about? That I should get something like that?

    1. Hi Madilyn; Yes, I’ve been manually adding your name and that’s the reason you’ve noticed the re-posts of your material.
      Other people may be sharing, but you won’t be aware of it unless the Twitter name is included. This seems to be especially lacking with people who use the Blogger platform. See the middle and bottom sections of this post – they work for Blogger.

  2. Oh Debbie, my friend,

    You know exactly how I feel about this. I can’t believe that people don’t get it? Ugh……thanks for sharing it with us again! I have a repeat of mine publishing in September. 🙂

    1. I know what you mean, Corinne. Similar to beating one’s head against a wall! 😛 So many people don’t understand the concept, it seems. Well, I can just keep reposting this on a yearly basis. 😉

  3. I still feel like a work in progress as far as social media is concerned, but my Twitter handle does show up automatically if you share one of my tweets. So much to learn.

    1. This is one thing I learned early on and am surprised more people don’t understand the concept. Sorry to tell you this, but I just shared your post and had to add your Twitter name by hand. Neither one of your Twitter sharing buttons adds it in.

    1. Thank you. 🙂 It’s so time-consuming, trying to find and add the names manually. Most times, I only do that now for people whose content I really like.

  4. This is not something I’ve thought about or really paid attention to. I looked back to your last retweet of my post and see my twitter name but I don’t know if you added it or what. I’ve also seen my Twitter name on other retweets but it looks different from the way your retweet looked.

    Now I’m a bit confused. Do I need to do this or have I done it already?

    Arlee Bird

    1. I always add your name manually, Lee. It’s an easy one to remember and I don’t have to go searching for it, unlike some. 🙂 Others may be doing that as well, but I bet many shares have gone unnoticed. I think Twitter carries a lot more weight with WordPress users than those on Blogger because it’s so easy to implement there. The default Blogger share buttons are way too small and I don’t think you can even add a Twittername to them, or, if you can, it involves inserting a lot of complicated code. That’s why my friend Mayura recommends installing different sharing buttons altogether. Let me know if you need more info. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Hi Debbie,

    This is a great reminder for bloggers who missing the Twitter love and first tip to follow when building the authority with Twitter, I believe 🙂

    Gosh… How many times I’ve heard bloggers talking about the benefits of having Twitter handle mentioned in their tweets. Whenever there’s no Twitter handle mentioned, I used to add ’em manually. But not anymore, unless I really want to. From what I’ve observed, many of them who missed their handles still learning how the platform works.

    I hope this post will get bloggers working on their handles and make sure they will get the recognition they deserve on Twitter. Aaaand, thanks for the kind mention on adding share buttons too, Debbie 🙂 You rocks!

    You have a fabulous day, and hope you’re getting ready for the FIFA finals 😉


    1. HI Mayura! So nice to see you here. 🙂 Yes, I have been adding the usernames by hand a lot and am really getting tired of it, so I thought it would be a good idea to share your tutorial, along with Brenda’s and Sandy’s because you all explained it so well. People on Blogger especially, seem to have a problem with this and your post will hopefully help them. It’s true, many bloggers aren’t even aware of it, so thanks for sharing this on your networks too.
      We are very excited about the World Cup final on Sunday. GO GERMANY!! 😀 Thanks so much for visiting. We missed you!

  6. Thanks for the great Twitter tips, Debbie. I am still learning how to use Twitter and am using it more and more, but very gradually. Lots still to learn. Good to know about those share buttons. I’ll have to see if I can tackle that as I only have those small buttons that come with Blogger.

    1. Hi Cathy; Yes, I found Twitter to be a bit of a steep learning curve at first and some of it is still a mystery. LOL Unfortunately, Blogger isn’t very user friendly when it comes to the sharing function, and it’s fairly complicated to make changes, but I finally figured it out. This is my Blogspot page, if you want to see an example:
      Let me know if I can help in any way. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. 🙂

  7. I was so pleased to see this article again as I tried, unsuccessfully, to get my twitter share button working properly in March before the A – Z. I followed it to the letter, and when it did not work, I had help from Wribe Tribe. No one could get it to work properly. So, now I did it again. Followed it to the letter, checked and rechecked — and when I hit the twitter share button, it comes up with the @ sign. So very frustrating and haven’t a clue what to do.

    1. Hi Carol; I checked your site and see that you are using the default sharing buttons that come with Blogger. I would get rid of those altogether, because they’re way too small and I don’t think you can add a Twitter name in there. Best to use another sharing system, like one of those explained above. I have a one page Blogger set up, using Shareaholic. You can see what it looks like here: Let me know if you need further assistance.

    1. Yes – definitely own your brand! It’s frustrating to me that so many bloggers just don’t understand this concept. Glad you agree and thanks for visiting. 🙂

  8. I hope some people get the message, Debbie! I’ve yelled myself hoarse about this – such a simple thing to do and yet………!
    Hoping to read more of your posts soon – we both need to get back to blogging more! 😉

    1. I hope they do too, Corinne! Welcome back. 🙂 Adding the Twitter name by hand is just too time consuming and I wish more bloggers understood the concept of getting recognition. Yes, I have been somewhat lax, ever since the A to Z Challenge. It took its toll, then I had to fly down to California and now of course, the FIFA World Cup is on. Pretty all-consuming in this household, with one Italian and one German. Summers are a bit of a slow down for many in the Blogosphere, yes? No worries! 😉

  9. Yep! I remember we discussed this on the A-Z group as well. I set up my Twitter handle to share only in January this year. Traffic saw a boost and so did my gratitude to those sharing. I guess if people are overwhelmed with the idea of sharing their posts on too many networks, they don’t worry about creating a Twitter handle. I know some bloggers who feel that way.

    1. I just don’t understand why some bloggers feel that way. One thing if they don’t want to have a Twitter account, but, if they do, then surely they would want the recognition whenever their posts get shared! Anyway, I tried. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

  10. I’m one of those weirdos who doesn’t have a twitter account! 😀
    I also hadn’t shared my posts on any social media including Facebook until Write Tribe came along! 😀

    But, I get your post and its informative and I have bookmarked it for future reference because one never knows! I just might open my Twitter account! (I also think I’m one of the very few people who doesn’t have a Twitter account!!)

    1. Welcome to The Den, Pixie. 🙂 If you can get enough exposure for your blog without using social media, congratulations! That’s a terrific accomplishment, but most of us do need the boost. Glad you enjoyed the post, regardless. Look me up if you do decide to join Twitter. Thanks for visiting.

  11. I have always wondered why a blogger would not want to have a twitter account…great that we are on the same page. Thanks!

    1. Me too Kajal. I guess they’re not that interested in sharing their work. To each their own, I suppose. Thanks for visiting.

  12. Wonderful post Debbie. Often I have found some great articles, but no button to share it. I do sometimes share them on my account but it’s sad that the originally author doesn’t get recognized as there’s no twitter handle.

    1. Glad you agree! 🙂 What frustrates me the most is that so many don’t even understand the concept. Thanks for visiting.

  13. Way to kick some butt Debbie! This is a huge peeve of mine as well. I just don’t understand how people who read these “how to” posts, still don’t do it! Ugh…..thanks for shedding light on this!

    1. Thanks Jayme. 🙂 What shocked me the most was I have met a few bloggers now who don’t even have Twitter accounts. I guess they’re not interested in gaining a following, and that’s okay, but, I don’t understand it. I mean, you spend all this time writing articles and then nobody reads them? Anyway, I doubt this will make much difference, but, I really had to get it off my chest. 😀 Thanks for dropping by.

  14. I’ve always been a huge sharer on Twitter of other’s posts, Debbie, as you’ve seen. But, it has worked out to a 10 to 1 benefit for them vs what gets sent out for my posts. Just look at my Twitter feed. Is that whining a bit? Yes. But hey, no one is forcing me to do it. And yes make sure and get those social media buttons up! Good post! 🙂

    1. Yes, I know you are Mike, as am I, with pretty much the same results. 😛 I think some just don’t understand the reciprocal nature of successful blogging. Pity! I sure hope this post helps, but, I doubt it. Anyway, that was my first real “Techie” post. Don’t be surprised if you see a few more, now that I’m on a roll! LOL Thanks for visiting and hugs to Phoenix. ♥

    2. Hey Mike! I just went to share your post and YOU don’t have your Twitter handle there either!! Tsk Tsk. 😉 If you click on the link in the first embedded post, it will tell you how to add it. In the meantime, I will do it for you, cause I like you. 🙂

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