Thanks to the easy embed option Twitter has added, you can now have more fun with interactive and social content on your website.
By copying and pasting just one line, you can post tweets right into your site. Your readers can retweet, reply, or favorite the tweet to join in on the conversation.
And you thought adding social icon buttons to your website was the cat’s meow.
Here’s what an embedded tweet looks like:
The Perfect Blog Post: This infographic gives a very succinct description of how to organize your blog posts. Th… bit.ly/PjzSLD
— Carolyn Griswold (@cgwebhelp) July 19, 2012
As you hover over the link, you will find that it’s live. You can also click on the author’s name to view their Twitter profile, or click the follow button to begin following them on Twitter. (Be sure and follow Carolyn, by the way, for some super-savvy fun.)
Give Your Readers Some Tweeting Fun
Adding tweets makes for more interesting and entertaining content, increasing the likelihood readers will stick around and play. As for photos, the tweets that have photos uploaded to pic.twitter.com are the only ones that will show up in an embedded tweet. (Note to self: Good idea to start uploading photos to Twitter’s own service for future ease of sharing.)
Let me make this as easy for you as it wasn’t for me, which is why I’m your trial-and-error blogger (not lawyer, thank God).
7 Steps to Embed a Tweet
1. Be sure you are on your PC or Mac (i.e., don’t attempt this on your iPad.) Once you find a Tweet you want to embed, click on expand at the bottom left.
2. Click on details on the bottom right.
3. Now you will see Embed this Tweet on the bottom right. Click on it.
4. Before copying the information in the dialogue box, click on the link tab in the top right. Now copy the link in the box.
5. Paste the link where you want it, on its own line – no images inserted next to it, right into your visual (not HTML) screen in your website editor. (By editor, I mean the page where you work from.)
6. If your pasted link tries to behave like a link – you will know this because it will be underlined – then highlight it and click on the unlink button at the top of your editing box. (Your embedded tweet won’t appear as a reproduced tweet on the website editor screen.)
7. Save and preview to see your successfully embedded tweet.
More Tweets to Come
Watch this blog for more Tweeting ideas, fun uses, and helpful links.
In the meantime, tweet and be happy.
Photo credit: ProductiveDreams