Today marks the day when we return tweet counts to all Social Warfare users.
In addition to that, we’ve also got a number of small improvements to the plugin that we think you’ll love.
Oh, and did you notice we gave our website an overhaul? We’ll talk about that a little bit too.
Twitter Share Counts Returned to All!
Back in November, Twitter decided they were going to kill off the API for counting how many times a web page has been tweeted out. That means that all that lovely social proof that your blog posts and pages had accumulated had been lost.
But we weren’t going to stand by and let that happen.
Since before Twitter finalized the decision, our team went to work trying to find the best way possible to restore share counts to Social Warfare users. It took us a while, but we had to make sure that the method we used was going to be trustworthy and sustainable for our growing user base.
We didn’t want to build an integration that was going to fail after six months when the weight of the data processing became too much for a free service to handle. So we looked around.
Though we were approached by a handful of services offering the integration we needed, we decided to go with Artur Brugeman’s solution, newsharecounts.com.
How to bring back Twitter share counts
With this new integration, Social Warfare users only need to follow these easy steps to bring back their share counts.
- Go to your WordPress admin and navigate to Social Warfare > Tweet Counts.
- Click on the button to navigate to newsharecounts.com
- From newsharecounts.com input your domain name and click the “Sign in with Twitter” button
- Head back to your WordPress admin tab and flip the Activate Twitter Shares switch to ON.
- Save your changes and you’re all set!
You can now rest assured your share counts will return and begin counting as soon as new shares begin to accumulate. It may take a few days for everything to catch up and sync, but they will return.
And they’ll be even better than before.
Better than before? What do you mean?
Well, for those out there who like to dig a little bit deeper into the mechanics of how the counts are tallied, you’ll love this.
Previously, the old Twitter API was inconsistent and contained some flaws in the way it calculated shares. One of the flaws was how it handled tweets with images in them. Not the Twitter cards (which Social Warfare does add), but an actual uploaded image inside a tweet.
The new share count method is scraping tweets for any/all links and then counting the instances of that link. We’ve tested and confirmed several times that if your links are being tweeted with images as well, you’ll still get the benefit of the tweet counting.
The new counting method will only be able to count the previous 7 days worth of tweets. So any tweets your pages have received in the span of time from when Twitter turned them off will not be retrievable. All shares moving forward, however, will get counted.
New Click-to-Tweet Styles
With this version we’ve also made some improvements to how the Click-to-tweet styling options work. You can now see, in real time, what your selected style will look like and be able to interact with it.
Additionally, we’ve added two new styles that we hope you’ll like.
Thunderstruck:Caught In the middle of a railroad track. I looked round and I knew there was no turning back.Click To Tweet
Livin’ On A Prayer:We gotta hold on to what we got. It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not...Click To Tweet
We’ve also included a non-styled option for those of you who would like to create your own styles inside your WordPress themes.
Miscellaneous Updates and Fixes
As with any plugin update, it comes with numerous tiny fixes. Some included in today’s update are:
- Button sizing adjustment after WhatsApp introduction
- Fixed HTML encoding issue for page titles
- Changed default of new buttons to OFF
- Fixed an “undefined variable” bug
- Rearranged the order of the Social Warfare Options tabs to make more logical sense
Of course, if you manage to find any bugs or annoyances not already listed in our public issue tracker, please let us know!
New Look for WarfarePlugins.com
In case you didn’t notice, we’ve also made some big upgrades to our website. This has been a few weeks in the making, and we’re very happy with the result so far.
Without boring you with all my crazy, OCD designer details, I’ll just highlight some of the things that informed our decisions for the new design.
For me, the most important aspect of any website is typography. It doesn’t matter how pretty your pages are if people can’t read them or don’t enjoy the reading experience.
So we’ve taken great care to refine the typographic layout of the entire site.
Our previous homepage was performing quite well as far as conversions are concerned. We feel like the narrative of the homepage accomplished exactly what it needed to, and it was converting at a level we were all very pleased with.
So as far as layout goes, we only made some subtle changes. We’ve incorporated some updated styling elements to be consistent with our new style guide, which I’ll talk about next.
Being the branding nut on the team, I wanted to make sure that as our company grows (which it’s doing very rapidly) we could all be on the same page in regards to our visual brand identity.
I’ve taken a page out of the Atomic Design philosophy and implemented a Style Guide page for our internal reference. This way, whenever we’re creating style elements, we have a frame of reference and everyone on our team can be consistent with our brand.
Consistency is key when developing a brand. You want your fans, users and customers to be able to instantly recognize your style so their brain isn’t having to adapt and constantly relearn what they should expect from you.
And if there’s one thing we hope to communicate to you, our users, is that you can expect clear, uncluttered, and unwavering attention to detail and quality. No fluff, just the right stuff to get the job done.
Wrapping This Up
We hope you enjoy the return of your Twitter share counts, updated Click-to-tweet styles and our new design.
If you’re not a Social Warfare user already, there’s never been a greater time to grab the greatest social sharing plugin ever! Get your copy now!