I generally try to resist the temptation of putting up a link to each new blog post in my twitter feed. Of course, I generally fail to resist this temptation (one of the reasons I try to resist this is that my tweets appear on my blog and having them be a bunch of links to my post is not pleasant). Using the excellent backtweets.com, I can get a pretty good picture of who is tweeting my posts, who is retweeting and so on. This has lead me to notice some worrying issues that require some pretty detailed attention.
The title of my blog is ‘Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media’. When you bring up the page for a post, Typepad creates a title for the web page which is the blog title appended to the post title. I really don’t like this, but have thus far failed to find out the right lever to pull to disable this behaviour.
For example, my post drawing an analogy between Twitter and free electricity has the title ‘Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media: Twitter: Free electricity for All’. What a mess!
There are certain cases where people pass this link on in Twitter. Unfortunately, there is almost no way for any of the real meaning of the post to survive. I see things like:
Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media: Twitter ... http://bit.ly/vHNry
Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media: Twitter ...: In explaining the popularity of Twitter t.. http://bit.ly/19Xwq1
I see lots of the first and plenty of the second. Who would click on that? There’s no real information about what the article is about.
However, when people retweet my tweet about my blog posts, I see the content of my tweet – which I now try to make a concise representation of the post or at least the title. Thus:
RT @matthewhurst Twitter is like free electricity: http://tinyurl.com/nvua9c
Twitter is like free electricity ~ http://tr.im/wZHt
The latter is perhaps more like a stolen retweet, but you get the idea.
This is all pretty messy – and you may not care – but if you are setting up a blog at Typepad, be aware of the issue with blog/post title concatenation. If you want to better own the message of your blog post, you may have to give in and tweet all your blog posts as well.
Anyone else fumbling around with this stuff? Anyone from Typepad like to help out?