If you saw me post this on Twitter, you probably noticed that it, like everything I tweet that comes from one of my blogs, was preceded by the word “blogged.” That little word is designed to give you a heads up that what I am sending out is coming directly from me and is not some link I found elsewhere. Some other tweeters indicate this by putting “New blog post” or other similar phrase before their tweets as well.

But is that necessary?

Theory #1: Yes! People who follow me value my opinion and are more likely to click on a link I tweet if they know it is coming from me direct and isn’t just something I found.

Theory #2: No! People who follow you value what you tweet out and are probably already following your blogs so it is pointless to distinguish.

Theory #3: People are more likely to click on your links if they DON’T think they are from your own blog. Knowing that you were the one that wrote it makes it seem less official somehow.

I have gone back and forth on this in my head and all of the above seem plausible. In fact, my main @hillarydepiano account is the only one where I do distinguish my posts from the other posts that I tweet out.

So here is where you come in. I am genuinely curious what people think on this. When you see one of the people you follow designate that the next link is theirs does that make you more likely or less likely to click it? Let me know your reasoning.