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Twitter Mentions As Comments

twitter mentionsThe Twitter Mentions As Comments plugin is a neat way to harvest all the tweets referring to your WordPress posts and display them as comments on your site.  The workflow is identical to the comment workflow on your site, and is controlled in Settings>>Discussion.  You configure how notifications, comment moderation, and author whitelists/blacklists work.  The plugin gets the poster’s real name and profile picture and links directly to the original Tweet.  And best of all, it does it automatically.

After activating the plugin, you’ll notice an entry added to your Dashboard Settings tab.  Here you can control the way the plugin operates:

twitterMentionsSettings

If you tweet about your posts, you might what to blacklist your own Twitter account to avoid getting comments from yourself.

For support, check out the plugin’s site on GitHub.

Mention Members using @username

One way to include particular members into a conversation on the Commons is to use their username with a ‘@’ in front of it. You may have noticed in both the screenshot from Facebook and the Academic Commons that a “friend/member” was hyperlinked in the update. While the “tag/@mention” process is done somewhat differently, it has the same effect — it links others to the profile of the individual while notifying the individual of the mention via email. This @mention system was first implemented by Twitter, but has been adapted by Facebook and now us!

If you are trying to reach out to specific group members, simply put the @ symbol in front of their username and it will send a notification to their email address. This is a great way to bring members into conversations that can otherwise be easily overlooked in the frenzy of Web2.0 information overload. Don’t know a member’s username? Just go to their profile page and their @handle will be listed directly below their name.

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