Here’s a free online tool you’ll probably get tons of use out of. Although they bill it as a “Twitter advertising & marketing tool,” as you’ll soon see, it most certainly isn’t limited to those mercenary duties.
And the fact that it’s so simple to use is one of things that helps make it such a useful gem!
Click to Tweet’s raison d’être is to take your tweet — 160 characters max, of course — URL and all, and convert it to a link that makes it easy for Twitter users to “retweet” your message, so to speak, even if they got your link on a clickable ad, say, or the body of an email, or a blog post, etc.
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Best demonstrated by a live example.
Say I want to promote Wordpreneur on Twitter, and would like you as a Twitter user to send the following tweet to all your Twitter followers:
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Problem is, let’s say you’re a Wordpreneur News ezine subscriber, and heck if I know if you’re following my Twitter wordpreneur account. Our only confirmed contact method is by email, which is how I sent you the favor request above. So, would I then expect you to type that tweet in to send out? Of course not. Copy-and-paste would be more like it, but even that would be too much trouble for most people who don’t owe me squat. Well, the good — no, make that great — news is that we have Click to Tweet! So, the service generates the following for me:
Go ahead, click on it and see what happens (you can always abort the tweet and not send it out if you’re not feeling the Wordpreneur love).
Cool, huh? Here’s the site so you can generate your own at will, Grasshopper. You don’t even have to register for anything!
Bonus for WordPress users: It’d be neat if the link were branded with our own domains instead, huh? Of course it would! Well then, Grasshopper, get and use the free Pretty Link Lite plugin. I just created the following, for example:
Automatically redirects to that Click to Tweet-generated link of mine above. (And note that I could have named that “CtT” link anything I wanted, as long as it was unique.)
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