Ah, sometimes it’s the little things that get in the way. I use the Twitter Tools plugin on this blog and others so that whenever I create a new post, it automatically posts it to my Twitter account. Twitter Tools also allows you to enter a Bit.ly username and API key so that when your post appears on Twitter there will also be a link, which obviously is useful. However, I hadn’t really tested things out, and noticed that my Twitter account was only publishing the title of my blog posts, but not including the link, which meant if someone wanted to read the post, they had to go to my blog and find it, rather than just being able to click on the link. Obviously this would sharply cut down the amount of traffic I would get from Twitter.
So what was the problem? When I copied and pasted the Bit.ly API key, it included a space at the end. However, Twitter Tools doesn’t verify the username and API key, and I don’t often look at my own Twitter page, so I didn’t realize there was a problem. But I found the problem, deleted the space, and with this post it will hopefully work correctly.