This wasn’t so much a question as it was an expression of dismay from a Twitterbud I met at the Ragan/SAS conference last week. Dave tweeted thusly:
So when Dave lamented this feature, I Tweeted back that he could work around it as I had in my sidebar widget.
Then I took a look at my sidebar and realized that I had just a plain old text link that said:
And I resolved to fix it so Dave and other SMUGgles could do likewise, and have something more like this, that people can click and go to my Twitter profile:
So how do you do it?
Go to your WordPress.com blog’s dashboard. Choose “Design” and then “Widgets”
Then, from the column of available widgets on the left, click “Add” next to the Text widget:
When the widget is added to the bottom of the right-hand column, click the Edit link:
And then paste the following text into the body of the widget (substituting your name and your Twitter profile URL for mine, of course):
<a href=”http://twitter.com/LeeAase“><img src=”http://assets1.twitter.com/images/twitter_logo_s.png” alt=”Follow Lee Aase on Twitter” /></a>
Then click the “Change” button
And “Save Changes”…
And when you go to the front page of your blog, you should see the sidebar look something like this (I combined Technorati and Twitter into one widget):
Updated 12/22/08: In response to a comment below, go here to see how you can have your latest Tweets show up in your sidebar.
8 thoughts on “RAQ: Adding a Twitter Badge on WordPress.com”
Thanks very much, Lee. That’s why you’re the Chancellor.
Thanks for the tip i need twitter on my blog, now you show me the right way, thank you:)
Hi Lee – I followed your instructions and the click through works; however, the Twitter symbol is not showing up on my blog. (The same thing happened with one of my RSS Feed symbols). Any idea why that might be happening? My blog is at http://infovest.wordpress.com/
thanks a lot
Without seeing exactly what you have in the widget, it’s hard to tell, but it seems you have something amiss in the syntax of the link to the Twitter image. I posted exactly the code I used, so you might see if anything got mixed up in your copy/paste.
that’s interesting, but definitely not at alternative to actually displaying the twitter updates…. what is up with wordpress? do they have a bias against twitter?
Excellent. I got there in the end after pasting the code into notepad.