The Let Our Congress Tweet site uses an interesting method to get their supporters to use Twitter to spread their message.
By clicking a link anyone that has a Twitter account is taken to their update page with the pre-populated text “Congress, change the rules. Talk to us on our social networks. http://LetOurCongressTweet.org Let our Congress Tweet! #LOCT08.”
#LOCT08 is a Twitter hashtag that allows them to track the people that are sending tweets about their site, as well as allows them to create the tweet timeline using the Twitter API.
Hashtags and the Twitter API are a whole other deal that I will cover in later posts, but I wanted to make sure everyone knew why that was there.
To create your own pre-populated tweet link just format a link as follows:
http://twitter.com/home?status=Insert your message
If you want to add a hashtag or link just include them in the message:
http://twitter.com/home?status=Just learned about Twitter pre-populated links at http://www.kevinbondelli.com Check it out! #KB708
And here is the link in action, feel free to send the tweet: