I often share links and photos through my social media accounts, and I wanted to find a way to easily incorporate those feeds into this blog. The solution turned out to be so simple, and it didn’t even require me to touch my site code. That was a major plus for me since I feel like I’m drowning every time I have to look at code – also, I usually end up breaking something in the process.
I found a couple services that looked promising, but neither of them gave me the flexibility I needed. Finally, I found Tint, and it was just what I was looking for! Their service gives me a ton of control over the way information is displayed and the setup was really easy.
So in short, Tint is what you could call a “social media aggregator”. Basically, you tell it what social media accounts you have, and it pulls all of your posts and displays them wherever you choose on your website or blog.
Once I created my Tint and added my Facebook and Twitter accounts, I was able to view my dashboard.
The dashboard allows me to customize my Tint in a few different ways:
- Personalize: change the theme, background, font, and colors
- Moderate: edit post titles, images, and URLs
- Embed: this is the best part…it has a big “show me how” button. I used this option to guide me through the setup process on this blog. Since I use WordPress, Tint operates with a plugin I downloaded through my WordPress dashboard.
I experimented a little to find the dimensions and layout that displayed best on my site. Once I added those values, I clicked “Generate” and the tool spit out code that I could copy and paste into the body of the new page I created on this blog. I decided to link to my new social feed page through my menu (right now it’s called “lately”) but I may switch it up later as I continue to tweak the layout of this site.
Another thing I really like about Tint is that it gives users the ability to easily share and save their favorite posts directly from my page.
The only downside right now with Tint is that the free account (basic) only allows you to tie two social media accounts to your site. Right now I have Facebook and Twitter feeding into my Tint. If I wanted to add another account, I would have to upgrade to the Plus account for $19/month. That certainly isn’t an unreasonable cost, but since this blog is just a hobby and I don’t make an income from it, I would hesitate to pay a monthly fee. However, if I was a running this site as a business with a consistent cash flow, I could certainly see myself paying for this service.
The best thing about my Tint experience was that I received an email from the CEO, Tim, shortly after I added my Tint to this site to follow up with me on my experience and ask for my input. We exchanged a few emails, and I was super impressed that he took the time to ask my opinion and offer his support. Obviously, great customer service is not lost on me!
Take a look at my new social media page and let me know what you think!
This post was not sponsored by Tint, I’ve just found this tool to be really helpful and thought you might too!