Twitter Shorten – Your Guide to Squeezing Tweets

Squeezing Twitter

Squeezing Twitter

One-hundred forty characters.  That’s all you get, 140.  Well, maybe that’s all Twitter will give you, but we can definitely fit more than 140 in there.  The main trick is to use URL shortening services, but that’s rookie stuff.  There are ways to get a lot more into your Twitter posts than just shortening a URL.  Let’s discuss at least two other ways you can use to get more into your Twitter posts… but first, let’s cover the rookie stuff.

Before you can really get the most out of your SEO on Twitter, you have to at least understand URL shorteners.  These are friendly little web applications that allow you to take a really long URL and turn it into a very short one.  For example, I recently used a service called bit.ly to turn this “http://www.christianfinancialblog.com/2009/06/the-value-of-money/” into this “http://bit.ly/3t3qjB“.  Much shorter, right?  This allows you to fit very long URLs into your 140 characters of Twitter.  We’ll write an article on this soon, but for now you can check out a service like bit.ly and see how it works.

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FeedBurner Adds E-mail Subject Love

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All of those who subscribe to this blog via e-mail have just sighed in relief.  “Horray for meaningful subject lines!”, you rejoice.  It is true; FeedBurner has added the ability for bloggers to add meaningful subject lines to their blog posts, most notably we can now add the title of the post to the subject line.  For bloggers, this is truly a boon.  For our subscribers this is… well… It is whatever is better than a boon, I suppose.

To enable this on your own blog (assuming you use FeedBurner), just find E-mail Branding under the Publicize tab.  Then you can edit your subject line.  Use ${latestItemTitle} to place the title of your blog post into the subject line of the e-mail that FeedBurner sends to subscribers.  Bada-boom!  Done.

As you can see from the image, there is also a checkbox to change how e-mails get sent if you send more than one per day.  You can check out Google’s Adsense for Feedburner Blog Post for more details on how to customize additional e-mails.

2 points FeedBurner.


How to Send E-mail from a Web Form

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked about how to do this.  It makes sense though.  Designers often have small clients that just want a simple web form, but don’t have a database to store the data in.  How do you get information from the website visitors to your client?  The simplest way is probably e-mail.

It’s been said that Dreamweaver has a way to do this, but no one has been able to tell me what that way is.  Frankly, I’m a developer so I don’t really care about what Dreamweaver has or doesn’t have, I just want it to work.  Turns out, there’s a really easy script that you can add to your site (or your client’s) that will allow visitors to fill out a form and then have that data e-mailed to the appropriate recipient.
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