Ok, so I’ve made my points clear about twittering schools, but I’ve been finding that I am using twitter more and more. Â I check my phone probably every hour out of work. Â I see what other are saying about the telly programme I’m watching and I now seem to use it as my main source of news.
I’m really interested in what people follow, and what makes someone click a link. Â The problem with twitter is that you can’t really see any stats. Â I know who is following me (all twelve of them) but I don’t know who is reading my tweets without following. Â But more than that, what do people look at, and possibly most importantly, what do they ignore?
I found that through two bits of technology I could create my own URL shortening service, and my own twitter image host I could see stats on who, where and when people look at my content.
For my URL shortening service I found yoURLs. Â I’ve made mine private, but you can use it to host a public shortener link bit.ly, goo.gl and tinyurl.com. Â Even better you can install a plugin to wordpress, which will create a short URL for every post, and then automatically tweet a link when it is published.
For my image host, I’ve turned once again to wordpress (which is simply the best blogging platform ever created) and a plugin simply called twitter-image-host. Â After authorising it with twitter, you can use it in your mobile app, or desktop client to host your twitter pics.
Both need a short domain name to start with though. Â I chose IrTe.eu and IrTe.tv. Â Both don’t cost the earth. Â I used the first two letters of Irritable and Techy to make up my snappy FQDNs.
Just one problem. Â I do most of my twittering from my phone. Â Although twitter for iPhone does allow a custom image host, it doesn’t allow a custom URL shortener. Â Because twitter now provide their own. Â All very good, but you lose those stats.
After much googling, I found the app which best suited me was TweetBot. Â It allows multiple twitter accounts, individual settings for each, and crucially custom image host and sURL service. Â It looks pretty nice too, although not quite as clean as others.
It did however take me a long time to work out how to use my yoURLs service within tweetbot. Â I finally found a site in German which explained it. Â If German isn’t your language, here is the string you need…
You can find your secret signature in the admin section of your yoURL instalation.
I can now do everything I want to do, automatically within an iPhone app and not rely on any service except for my own, and twitter! Â I’m such a geek.