How To & Why Add Your Twitter Handle To Your Social Share Buttons

Brian D. Hawkins
Jan 15, 2015 · 2 min read

I’m not one to complain but today I’d like to address one of the most frustrating blog sharing challenges we as bloggers face and I’m betting you have had the same issue.

You go to a blog post, read the article, leave a great comment and decide to share the post with your tribe. You click the Twitter share button and it works perfectly except just one small detail; what’s the blog or author’s Twitter handle? This seems like a crime and I’ll tell you why:

We share primarily for two reasons:

1) We want to share great content that will help our followers.

2) We want to build and maintain relationships with those bloggers putting out that sharable content.

I’m amazed at the number of bloggers that still ignore the relationship part and fail to go into their social share plugin and set it up properly. They’re not listening and that’s dangerous. Is there an easier social listening tool out there than Twitter at @ replies?

But hey, I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir so feel free to share this tip with anyone you think it might help.

Solution / help: I use the Mashshare social plugin from Mashable on Hot Blog Tips but, truthfully, I paid for the Social Networks Add-On and the Responsive Add-On and there are a ton of no-cost solutions.

Here’s one I’m currently using on one of my niche blogs:

How To Add Your Twitter Handle/Username (@name) To Your WP Social Sharing WordPress Plugin

WordPress social sharing plugin used in the tutorial: WP Social Sharing

From our Pinterest “Blogging Tips” Board.

First, Install & Activate the WP Social Sharing WordPress Plugin

☑ Go to “Plugins” and then “Add New” from the left column of your WordPress dashboard.
☑ Type “WP Social Sharing” into the “Search Plugins” form
You should see the one by “By Arjun Jain”.
☑ Click “Install Now” and then “Activate Plugin

Adding your @Name

While still in your WordPress dashboard:

☑ Go to Settings and then “WP Social Sharing” on the left column
☑ Configure the plugin settings to your tastes
☑ At the bottom of the page add your Twitter handle to the “Twitter Username” form.
☑ This will populate the Twitter share text with your Twitter @name “via @yourTwitterUsername” to shared tweets.
Do not add the at sign (@), just the handle itself.

For example, I would add HotBlogTips

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