How to Automatically Display Twitter Testimonials On Your Blogsite

In the Resources section of Twitter’s website are some useful tools for giving cross-platform visibility to your content.  Some of them will let you display content from Twitter onto your blog or other website.  Meanwhile, others help you share content going the other way.

One of the widgets, called the Faves widget, is a great little tool I like to use to display micro-testimonials on my blog.  Micro-testimonials are those cool little mentions I get from my Twitter contacts (a.k.a., followers) that leave me beaming like an idiot the rest of the day. 🙂  (What can I say, I love it when folks say nice things about me.)


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The gist of the Faves widget is to simply display tweets that you’ve chosen as a “favorite” on Twitter.  If you have the widget installed on your blog or website, then tweets that you tag as a favorite will display on your website instantaneously.  (That’s it there on the right side with the title “Honorable Mentions.”  You can also see it here in case you’re reading this post after one of those days when I decide to re-jigger everything on blog cleanup day.)

Turns out, most people (me included until recently) have pretty much ignored the favorites feature on Twitter.  After all, there are so many to keep track of.  And, until now, I figured that I’d just as soon RT a tweet I liked.  Maybe you feel the same way.

But, with the Faves widget in place, you might now be compelled to reconsider its benefit to you as a way to quickly and efficiently display honorable mentions of you, your business, your projects or accomplishments.

What do you think?  Thumbs up? Thumbs down? What other benefits can you think of for using favorites on Twitter?

Here’s a Compelling and Innovatively Practical Example of QR Codes For Consumers

From the Off-Topic Files

I’ve written before about QR codes; explaining what they are, when it started, where it’s used, and have even listed some novel ideas about how small business owners and independent contractors could consider using QR codes in their lead-gen efforts.

But, outside of the large scale applications used in industry workflows, examples for practical/innovative uses of QR Codes at the consumer level (that is, examples that don’t include those that are simply novel or anecdotal) have been disappointingly scant.

That’s why I love the concept in the video above.

Tesco/Homeplus Subway Virtual Store Video

In the Homeplus Subway Virtual Store video, you’ll see an innovatively practical use of QR Codes for the regular Joe.

My friend Matthew Gallizzi, CEO of mobile web solutions company NotixTech, shared the Homeplus video and spurred some interesting discussions in an online Facebook group in which he and I participate.  Some of us in the group — those who’ve traditionally been skeptical about the truly practical uses of QR codes for consumers — were roundly impressed with Homeplus’ implementation.  What do you think?

Do You Have a Consumer QR Code Example?

Do you know of anyone in your sphere of influence who’s successfully using QR codes in a mainstream way for their small business?