Do you write a blog or own a small website and want to track your site’s reputation on Twitter ? Do you want to know which users are tweeting your site’s articles, forum discussions, blog posts or which pages are really popular with the Twitter audience ?
We have earlier discussed some ways to tweet blog posts from Google Reader and use Google Alerts to find who is tweeting or retweeting pages from your site. But the problem with Google Alerts and Google Reader is that they are not very convenient to track and you have to spend quite some time finding out the sources. And often times, I have seen that Google Alerts is not very accurate and the updates are not real time unfortunately.
Example: Let’s say one of the pages from this site went viral on Twitter and I want to find out the person who Tweeted the blog post in the first place. In such situations, relying on Google Alerts is not a wise option because you might not get the alert in time or get the desired alert at all.
However, here is a simple way to track your site’s reputation on Twitter and find out the sources, Twitter profiles or persons who are tweeting articles from your site.
Go to Backtype.com, enter your site’s address and hit “Search”. The site will perform a reverse URL check for all the links shared on Twitter.com that point back to your blog or website. Done !
Instead of entering your site’s homepage URL, you can also enter the URL of a particular blog post or page and find out how many times that particular page has been tweeted or retweeted, who was the first source to tweet the page in question and which Twitter user was the cause for the “Viral” activity.
The best thing regarding Backtweet’s tweet search is that the service is independent of the mechanism, widgets, plugins or URL shorteners used by visitors or readers of your site. Readers may use the Twitter button, a custom Tweet this script, Tweetmeme, Bit.ly or may manually tweet any link from your blog. BackTweets will scan all the recent links shared on Twitter that point to your blog and show you the results (see example).
Power users might want to subscribe to the RSS feed of Backtweets search result page and track their site’s reputation from their RSS reader. Whenever someone tweets any page of your blog, an update will be shown in your RSS reader.
No registration or signups are required to use Backtweet’s free version, however signing up for the premium service has it’s own advantages, which includes Google Analytics integration, Twitter reach, detailed statistics, advanced search and more.
You may use Backtweets tweet search with any site, not just yours. Give this a try !