Does your CMS help your content tweet?

Wow, now here’s a neat content mashup.

It’s a PDF with links that automatically fill your Twitter status with a TinyURL to the catalog item. Download the catalog now. According to her email to the Twitter Moms network, apparently Megan Calhoun created the catalog with iPhoto and then had to figure out how to get it from 20 MB down to 2 MB. (Do tell!)

Et voila – the world’s first tweetable catalog. Neat!

The syntax for the Twitter links goes something like this:

http://twitter.com/home?status=Tweeting+from+a+URL+I+clicked+at+http://www.justwriteclick.com

When you click the link, you go to your Twitter home page and the status box contains the text after status=.

My thoughts naturally turn to ways this URL could be used in online user assistance, but I’d rather hear your ideas on that! I also wondered if there’s an API for TinyURL so that you could enter the long URLs in your CMS and have the CMS automatically turn them into TinyURLs for your content deliverable.

Certainly a simple, elegant, therefore brilliant use of pages, photos, and links. What do you think? Should content tweet?

3 Comments

  • November 13, 2008 - 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow, that is really cool. What a great marketing tool! I wonder if this could be applied to web apps. Allow users to click somewhere (maybe a help link?) and send a status to twitter. If the status included a hash sign with your app’s name, you could then search for all the user comments coming in.

  • November 28, 2008 - 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I think #hashtags could play a part.
    1. You could aggregrate comments about a particular link
    2. You could guide people to a link (i.e. section of a document) if they are searching on a particular hashtag.

  • April 3, 2009 - 11:15 am | Permalink

    That’s a really great idea … run a query from an application tool or embedded search engine, and the system could “tweet” back an answer, or a link to an answer …

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