Lately I’ve observed that many blog sites have social icon buttons with links to follow them on Twitter but don’t actually list their Twitter name anywhere on the page where you can find it. You might ask why this is important or why you should care. Let me explain and see if you agree.
As I surf the web and come across interesting content, I like to share it with my Twitter followers as I’m sure you do as well. I use an excellent service called Buffer to add these interesting blog posts or pages to various social networks such has Twitter and Facebook. I always try to give credit where credit is due and so try to include the author or blog’s Twitter handle when I tweet their link. I think this is only fair as I like to know when and where my content gets shared and using the authors Twitter name is one way to make it easy for them or anyone to know who wrote a particular post. So I’m always looking for the authors Twitter handle but unfortunately, many just have a link which means I have to click on the link and then find the Twitter handle there. I then have to copy it and go back to the page containing the actual article I want to post. Now, this might not seem like a big deal but I sometimes give up and either post a link to the article without the authors Twitter handle or even decide it’s not worth sharing and move along to another post on another site.
It stands to reason you would want your content to be shared as widely as possible, otherwise why would you be posting blog articles? Given that, make it as easy as possible for people to not only share your content but to also give you credit for the work you’ve done. You’ll notice on this site not only do I have my social icon buttons in the header so you can follow me, but I also have my Twitter handle there as well to make it as easy as possible for people to not only share but to give me credit if they see fit.