Social Tools

Twitter

Twitter is a service for the exchange of brief messages, commonly called tweets, between users. There are a number of ways to publish between WordPress.com and Twitter including:

  1. Taking content from WordPress.com and publishing it as a tweet on Twitter.
  2. Embedding individual tweets on your website.
  3. Pulling all of the content from single tweets or entire Twitter threads, called tweetstorms, and publishing to your website with or without additional content around the content.

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Publicize to Twitter

Publicizing your posts to Twitter is an excellent way to get more traffic on your blog by tweeting a link to each new post you write.

To enable Publicize, on the My Sites → Sharing page click the Connect button by the Twitter option. You’ll be taken to Twitter where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Twitter account. Click Allow.

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New posts will then be automatically shared to your Twitter account:

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If you wish to disable sharing for an individual post, uncheck it before clicking Publish.

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Embed a Tweet

Use the Twitter block to embed a tweet onto any page or post of your site like so:

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Pull Content from Single Tweets or Tweetstorms

You can also use the Twitter block to “unroll” content from a single tweet or Twitter thread, also known as a tweetstorm. The text and media will be pulled into your page or post in draft form. After that, you can remove or add as much content in and around it as you’d like, especially since WordPress.com does not have any character limits.

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Add a Twitter Timeline Widget

You can display your latest tweets in your blog’s sidebar using the Twitter Timeline widget.

  • Go to your Customizer → Widgets and click on the Twitter Timeline widget
  • Select the widget area where you’d like the timeline to appear
  • On the same page in the widget area, open the widget and complete the information to display the correct timeline

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Add a Twitter Sharing Button

You can add a Twitter sharing button to the bottom of your posts or pages by browsing to Sharing → Sharing Buttons in your dashboard. This will allow users to share a link to the post or page as a tweet from their  account.

To add it to your blog, enable the sharing options you want and click on Edit Sharing Buttons and select Twitter.

Read more about this on the Sharing support page.

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Add a Twitter Follow Button

You can encourage visitors to follow you on Twitter by adding a Twitter Follow Button to posts, pages, or a text widget.

Read more about the various ways to display this button on the Twitter Follow Button support page.

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Troubleshooting

If you share your site to Twitter, but your site icon and title don’t appear in your tweets, you can enter your URL into Twitter’s validator tool:

https://cards-dev.twitter.com/validator

Once you do, click the Preview Card button, and that should make your tweets display correctly.

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