Bring Twitter Onto Your Blog With Chat Catcher

Chat Catcher If you’re anything like me, and you’re sometimes frustrated by trying to track conversations about you all over the web, you may just love Chat Catcher.

What’s Chat Catcher?

Chat Catcher, as it turns out, is a service developed by Shannon (of course) that uses Twitter Search to scan Twitter for people linking to your blog posts, and posts links to those tweets in your blog comments. Unlike Chirrup, which places Twitter comments separately to the rest of your comments, Chat Catcher places them in the regular comment stream.

I found Chat Catcher while I was browsing Shannon Whitley‘s blog the other day (which I recommend you do too). Several comments caught my eye:

Chat Catcher

Chat Catcher

Chat Catcher should work with any blogging platform that supports trackbacks. I’ve just installed it on this site, which runs on WordPress – we’ll see over the next few days how it goes.

How it works

It’s very easy to install Chat Catcher – there are just three simple steps:

  1. Enter your URL on the Chat Catcher registration page
  2. The site will give you a code script; save that into a .php file and upload that to your web server
  3. Let Chat Catcher know where on your server that script is.

Note: Shannon tells me he’s still fine-tuning Chat Catcher. I’ll let you know how it goes.

What do you think about the idea of Chat Catcher? Does it appeal to you?

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collin douma
collin douma

Does the chat-catcher tweet-to-comments plugin show tweets as blog reactions on technorati?

David Jones
David Jones

Just installed it myself...well, I tried and Shannon helped me out a lot due to some database problems on my server. He's an amazing guy.

Anything that integrates the various spokes of your social media presence to the hub of your choosing is ideal.

With so many links being shared over Twitter, I can't imagine any blogger that wouldn't want to track the conversation spurred on by their blog, that may happen away from their blog and have it linked back and archived with the original post.

faryl
faryl

This looks very cool! I sent a link to this site on twitter - curious to see if it will show up . . .

Dave Fleet
Dave Fleet

Hi Tamara... the site says it expands the links from services like TinyURL. Time will tell which sites that works for I suppose.

Tamara Gruber
Tamara Gruber

This is a very interesting service, but since so many posts include some type of TinyURL, I'm not sure how much it will really pick up. If it could pick up the "true" URL, then that would be powerful.

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