Firstly, sorry. I know there are have been lots of discussions around this problem. I’ve searched extensively but can’t find a solution. I don’t think I completely understand how Twitter calculates the count. If anyone here could help me it would be very much appreciated.
The page I’m having problems with is this one: http://rocketcheetah.com/2011/08/littlebigplanet-2-move-pack-questions-and-answers/ and it’s particularly frustrating as (by my pokey little blog’s standards) it’s been tweeted quite a few times. I had a standard Tweet button (directly from Twitter’s generator) on the page and when that wasn’t working I replaced it with this one: http://nicolasgallagher.com/custom-tweet-button-for-wordpress/ . This isn’t working either.
I know the article has been tweeted and retweeted numerous times. I use the Disqus comment system on my blog and this displays “Reactions” (see the bottom of the comments). Disqus is currently picking up 6 tweets which mention the post. I’ve also checked bitly and that counts 13 tweets for the URL (although this isn’t correct either as it only seems to be counting REtweets and not the original tweets). I thought maybe it was just the tweet button count that was broken but I tried doing a twitter search and checked http://urls.api.twitter.com/1/urls/count.json?url=http://rocketcheetah.com/2011/08/littlebigplanet-2-move-pack-questions-and-answers/ but both show 0.
I know you can manually feed the tweet button additional URLs to count but I don’t quite know how I’m supposed to find out what all of the URLs are. If someone manually copies the URL from their browser and pastes it into their Twitter client this will (I assume) create a new bitly URL which I can’t know about.
As you can see, I’m in a bit of a mess! Maybe I’m completely misunderstanding how this works. Any help or suggestions would be really appreciated.