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How to Embed a Tweet

Updated on August 21, 2015
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Embed a tweet on your website or blog

Why would you want to embed a Twitter message on your blog or website? Well, maybe you're simply giving your website a spring clean and you'd like to add interest. Adding an update is always a good idea.

It may be that you're writing about a special event and you'd like to showcase a Twitter message about it.. Perhaps someone has sent you a complimentary tweet and you'd like to share it - it's a great way of showing genuine testimonials. Share your own tweets or those of others.

Perhaps you are running a fundraising account and want to show your latest triumphs or forthcoming events. There are hundreds of reasons why anyone might want to embed a tweet to promote their business or provide useful information to others.

Yes, if you wish, as long as the account isn't a private one, you can embed tweets from celebrities,politicians, musicians ... anyone you wish.

Your embed can also include photographs or any other media that has been included in the message.

It's a good way of being social too. Show your page to your 'tweetee', pointing out that they get a lovely follow button.

And best of all, it won't cost you a penny and it takes about two minutes. If you've never done this before, the chances are that you'll be surprised just how easy this is to do.

Time required: 1 - 2 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

  • None

Instructions:

1. Go to twitter.com and locate the post you'd like to embed. Depending on your browser, you might see an instruction to 'expand' or / plus one that reads 'more'. Expand if necessary, then click the 'more' link. See the image below -I want to embed that wonderful sunrise photograph on my site.

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2. When you click on 'more', a small drop down will appear with three options. The one we want, naturally enough,is the one that reads 'embed'. Clicketty click!

You can see this in the screenshot below.

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3. Now the window that you see in the screenshot below will pop up and it couldn't be easier. You'll see a preview of the tweet so that you can double check that it's the one you want. Note that you have the option of including media (photographs, video etc.) I chose this option because I want the photograph to appear on my page. At the top of the page,you'll see the code. Simply copy it.

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4. Now go to edit the page on which you want the tweet to appear. (Note that this must be self-hosted site or one that allows javascript and html). In the image, you see a site that uses Wordpress as an example. Switch from the visual editor to the text editor using the tabs on the top right. You can see what I mean from the screenshot below.

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5. Just paste in the code.It may look like gobbledegook (see the image below) but wait until you see the result. This is what will make the message appear on your site or blog.

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6. See the screenshot below and you'll see it on the page. Doesn't it look great? And note the options that the viewer has. Right from your page, they can retweet the message, favourite it and,of course, click the follow button. This is great opportunity for you to get free and interesting content on your site and also a huge benefit to the tweeter who gets extra exposure and the chance to get more followers and retweets. Definitely a win-win.

Oh, please feel free to embed my tweets - I am @britflorida :)

Are you making the most of Twitter? If not, check out the book below.

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Would you like to see the process on video? See below.

Note: The wonderful Twitter message you see above is from a local Fort Lauderdale account.

The account holder walks on Fort Lauderdale beach every morning at dawn to capture these wonderful images.

If you would like to follow this account and start your day with a series of tropical sunrises, either search Twitter for the account named @FtLauderdaleSun or click here.

© 2014 Jackie Jackson

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      This is very useful. I plan to take advantage of it. But how do you get your own photos to display as more than a link in Twitter? I didn't see that in your other lenses on Twitter, unless I missed something. I see all kinds of photos displayed as part of the tweet. I've tried attaching them with the paperclip when posting, but it still appears as just a link.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      You've taught me something yet again! Thanks for another useful 'how-to' - pinned so I can find it again. :0)

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @smine27: Thanks -I'm glad it helps!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Brite-Ideas: It can be great for traffic. We run a site for a racing driver (hence the image at the top of the page) and embed fans' Tweets - they love it:)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh gosh I don't even know how to embed period. Invaluable tip for me.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Oh my goodness you taught me something here :) - thank you - I didn't even think of doing this - I embed facebook posts, but I've never embedded a twitter post - now I will :)

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @jolou: It's so easy and so worth the couple of minutes it takes :)

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      jolou 3 years ago

      Thanks for the tip. I have never thought of doing this, but it's a nice gesture.