Create a Productivity Suite with WordPress and Twitter • WordPress Help

Twitter is one of the best tools that exist, and the most popular, for the whole world to know what you are doing in this precise moment. In my case, as I am almost always blogging I have redirected Twitterfeed to my Twitter since this tool announces everything I write on Twitter, reports what I'm writing, a special use of this system of microblogs . And as you already know, WordPress is the most popular, flexible and configurable blog management system of all.

Well, combining both tools you can create a powerful organization system , give a very specialized and interesting use to WordPress and Twitter mixing blogging and microblogging .

Preparations

You will need mainly three things to start with this system. The first thing is to register to get an account at Twitter this will not take more than 2 or 3 minutes. If you already have a Twitter account, it is better to create a new one for this specific task. And I say this because, since you are going to use it as an organizational and management tool, you could share with other things that you would not have.

The second thing is a domain and a WordPress blog installed. If you already have one this step you have it complete, and if you have nothing better to follow the WordPress Help guides to know how to do it. As in the previous case, it is possible that it is even interesting to open a specific blog for this task, and thus have your productivity application separate from the rest of your blog activity, of course.

Last, but not least important , you need the plugin Twitter Tools . This tool is the one that will do the hard work, since it is able to create tweets (updates on Twitter) of articles on your blog, or articles on your blog of your tweets. In addition, it adds all kinds of functions. If you did not know now is the time.

The Productivity Method

The idea behind this concept is to have a tool from which to track what you do, what you do not do, and what is Easily navigable, offers statistics and much more. One of the milestones of this method is the ease that Twitter offers to publish in a few words and a few seconds the tasks you are doing (for the purposes of this project). And that's where the opportunity comes from. Twitter has a history, but it's nothing powerful, nothing you can configure, filter. However, with the plugin Twitter Tools and WordPress you can manage in a really efficient way the information of each day.

The Process

The Process defines what you do and how you do it. Basically, when you work, all you have to do is send a quick tweet about what you're doing at that moment, something like "preparing a customer database", or "making a sketch of the client's web design X " How this system works best is documenting, through tweets, every action you take. If you want you can do it from the same Twitter website, or also use desktop clients like Twhirl application Adobe Air multiplatform, or Twitterfox a small add-on if you use the browser Firefox .

You could stop at this step if you want, but you can do much more than this. You will be able to add tags and categories, and for that the ideal thing is to review the articles / tweets and assign them tags, categories or annotations that offer additional information.

Presentation

In fact, the above is the whole process, the The rest of this method only has to do with the presentation of the data. For this you can use in the blog, for example, a theme similar to Twitter as Bluebird or Prologue .

The best thing about this method is that it not only offers you a fantastic way to present your daily work, but also allows you to create a personalized homepage for you. You can use the WordPress pages as you would in Netvibes or Google Reader, and use the sidebar for direct links to your other blogs or favorite sites.

Of course, your main occupation, no concern, will be to present your updated tweets. And since the tweets will be shown both in the title (partially) and in the content of each article (post), you can remove the titles and thus only show the tweets, with their dates. There are many options that you can customize to modify the appearance and volume of the data to show, all you need is to practice a bit with WordPress and the Twitter Tools.

Other Uses

There are, as you can imagine, many ways to Use this method of personal organization. You can organize your activity, but also tasks, since you can later edit the created articles and mark the "tasks" as finished, change the date, whatever you think.

You could also take a step forward and allow access to that Twitter account to a work team, or integrate other Twitters, to have a way to organize group tasks. Imagination will give you more opportunities to improve your productivity using WordPress and Twitter being effective thanks to tools from Web 2.0 .

(Thanks to Hack your Day for the fantastic idea)

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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