Tech Byte: Buffer WordPress Plugin Released James Hicks May 16, 2011 Blog Stuff Twitter has become one of the definitive means of sharing and collaborating online – no question about that. Many of us have dashboards and services running that integrate into Twitter, that provide us with an over abundance of information throughout the day. A good percentage of that information is trivial, but a decent percentage of that firehose of information coming our way is worth sharing with our sphere of influence. With that – we tend to want to tweet and retweet that information to our attentive and ever-growing collection of online followers. The catch-22 is that you don’t want to end up looking like a spammer and retweeting every single bit of news every 2 minutes throughout the day. That could get annoying and that could be received as someone just broadcasting instead of sharing and actually collaborating online. What you want to do is schedule (“buffer”) tweets and retweets to post consistently over a period of time. Enter Buffer – I’ve written about Buffer a few times here on THE Tech Scoop; I’ve also had the co-founder publish a guest post talking about the tool (read that post here). Also, here’s a quick video overview of it’s functionality. Today is a great day for self-hosted WordPress site owners as Buffer has released a plugin that will easily integrate the Buffer functionality into posts and pages. It’s only at version 0.2. That’s fine because the functionality that’s desperately needed is already there – anything that comes further down the road is icing on the cake !! After downloading and activating the plugin to your self-hosted WordPress blog, the configuration options are very straightforward. See the quick video walk-through I captured earlier as I set it up here on THE Tech Scoop. I decided to go with the larger button for better visibility. Before Buffer After Buffer What’s next? Again, only integration enhancements are needed, in my opinion. Surely there will be linkages into other new media platforms. It would be an interesting shift to see if Buffer adds social gamification into forth-coming releases (such as integration with the likes of BadgeVille and my favorite gamification platform – BigDoor). Great work thus far Leo and Joel !! Follow Buffer online: website | Twitter | Get the WordPress plugin here. CrunchBase Information Buffer Information provided by CrunchBase LeoWid Thanks for the review James, this is a great tutorial. Absolutely, it is only 0.2 and there should be lots to come. Thanks for helping us test it out. If you have any feedback about the plugin just let me know BillyDelaney hello new to your site, but not a fan of all the pop up stuff. Liked the buffer article, after I got past those pop up things. http://www.infotainmentnews.net HicksNewMedia @BillyDelaney thanks for the return readership Billy. I actually have talked with the developer of the FB "pop up stuff" – it's part of the social gamification and interaction component in the bar attached to the footer. In 3-4 weeks there will be a new release that will de-activate the Facebook opt-in message. LeoWid Thanks for the review James, this is a great tutorial. Absolutely, it is only 0.2 and there should be lots to come. Thanks for helping us test it out. If you have any feedback about the plugin just let me know LeoWid Thanks for the review James, this is a great tutorial. Absolutely, it is only 0.2 and there should be lots to come. Thanks for helping us test it out. If you have any feedback about the plugin just let me know Pingback: GB Bilder » Tech Byte: Buffer WordPress Plugin Released() Pingback: Tech Byte: Buffer WordPress Plugin Released | Wordpress Develop() Pingback: Wordpress Plugins » Tech Byte: Buffer WordPress Plugin Released() http://www.infotainmentnews.net HicksNewMedia I am liking that @LeoWid and team have maintained active enhancement of the plugin. Just in this past week there have been 3 iterative updates to the plugin to fix small bugs.