Thursday, July 7, 2011

Putting a "follow me on Twitter" button onto your blog

This article explains how to put an official "Follow me on Twitter" button onto your blog.

"Follow-me" VS "Look-what-s/he said"

Previously, I explained the diferent approaches to linking your blog and the social media.   In particular, I looked at the difference between "follow me" and "look what s/he said over there".

If your blog has a Twitter account, you may want to offer your readers a quick way to follow your tweets  rom their own twitter accounts.   This is an example of the "follow-me" approach, and is what this article is about.

How to add Follow Me on Twitter

1  Go to Twitter
If you don't already have a Twitter account for your blog (or for yourself, if you blog is a personal one), you may need to sign-up with one.  Or if you do have one, then just log on.

2  Look at the buttons they offer
Today, you get to this by clicking your profile picture, and then choosing Widgets from the left sizebar.

Choose the Profile widget, and enter your Twitter name as the URL which you would like to embed - for example I entered

Choose Twitter Buttons

Choose Follow button.

(Last time I updated this article, you had to click Profile on the top menu bar, then click Resources which was near the bottom of the right-hand panel.   Twitter seem move this to a different place on their page fairly often, so do have a good look around for it - or for Buttons or something similar if you can't find the resources link.)

4  Copy the HTML that is provided

5  Go to your dashboard in Blogger, and add the code to your blog.  

There are several ways to add 3rd party HTML to your blog, depending on where you want to put it.  A "follow me on" button is probably more appropriate in a gadget (option one in that article) than in a place in your template where it relates to individual posts.

What your readers see

If you use a new style follow tool:
  • A reader who is not logged in to Twitter when they click your button is asked to log in.
  • After they have logged in to Twitter, they are added to your Twitter followers list, and the icon-label displayed on your blog changed from "follow" to "following".

If you use the old style button, then:
  • When a reader clicks your Follow-me on Twitter button, Twitter loads in the current window.
  • If they are already logged in to Twitter, they're shown a summary of your profile, with Follow, Add to List and Block buttons.
  • If they are not logged in to Twitter, they're shown a welcome message that describes Twitter and invites them to sign-up or to log in.

An earlier approach

Previously you could go to and there find lots of useful things including Follow button options.   From here you could  choose Follow, and set the options you want:
  • Check that your Twitter account name is correctly in the User box (it should be, if you're logged in to the right twitter account at the time)
  • Choose whether or not to show your Twitter account name
  • Choose a button size (large or not)
  • Choose what language to show the button words ("follow ... on") in:

However it appears that this is no longer supported.

Related Articles

Putting a "follow me on Facebook" button onto your blog

Adding a "Tweet" button (ie look what s/he said) to your blog

Putting a "share this on XXX" button into your blog

Adding 3rd party HTML to your blog

Giving a Share this on LinkedIn option on your blog

Options for linking your blog and the social networks

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  1. Thanks for the tutorial, it's very helpful. Thanks

  2. Thank you, it finally works on my blog.

  3. thanks a lot,finally its on my blog

  4. Thanks, this is v helpful, unfortunately URL contains illegal characters? Do you know what I"m doing wrong?

  5. Thank god for blogs like yours otherwise the rest of us wouldn't have a chance!!
    im new what do you think ...

    still a bit of work to do to get it right though.

  6. where do i paste the html on my blog please???

  7. this is not working... it says "url contains illegal characters"