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Saturday, May 8, 2010

How To Get the Direct Link to Your Tweet

I've noticed from hosting contests and giveaways that not everybody knows how to get the direct link to their tweet. So I'm going to show you how to do it.

Scenario: You're entering a contest for an awesome book and you have the opportunity to get some extra entries by tweeting about the contest. Woo Hoo!! I love this way of getting extra entries. It's easy and it's quick to do. (I usually give extra entries for tweeting about my contests/giveaways to help spread the word about the contest/giveaway I'm hosting. Nothing works better or faster than spreading the word through the Twitter bird.)

Step 1 - Tweet!
Some bloggers have a "retweet" button built into each of their blog posts. Some may have a "Twitter” button at the bottom of each post (like I have on mine). This is awesome because you can Tweet about the contest/giveaway without leaving the page you are on. Another tweeting tool that I use is Sharoholic, an add-on for Firefox and Chrome browsers. If none of these options are available to you, simply open up a new browser tab and go to Twitter.


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Step 2 - Get the URL to your Tweet!
Click on the link underneath your Tweet that says something along the lines of "1 minute ago" or "less than a minute ago"...(mine says "about 2 hours ago" in the picture below).


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When you click on that hyperlink, it will take you to the webpage directly for that tweet. It will look like this:


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The only tweet on this page is yours. See the URL I've circled the URL on top? That's the Direct Link to your tweet! It should look something like this: 


Let's dissect this URL, shall we?


Where it says thebookvixen in this link, it will say YOUR Twitter user name in your link.

Where it says 13612550691 in this link, it will have its own unique number in your link. That unique number is the number of tweet it is. So for my particular tweet, it was the 13,612,550,691 tweet ever tweeted in the entire time that Twitter has existed! That means there have been over 13 BILLION tweets that have been tweeted. Cool, huh?

Here is what your URL should NOT look like:

http://twitter.com - that's the link to Twitter. Not you, not your tweet. Just the main URL for Twitter’s home page.

http://twitter.com/thebookvixen - that the link to your Twitter profile, not the direct link to your tweet.

http://twitter.com/thebookvixen/status - you're almost there but not quite. You're missing that crucial part.

http://twitter.com/thebookvixen/status/13612550691 – Ding, Ding, Ding! We have a winner folks!

Step3 - Copy and Paste!
Copy the URL in your browser for your tweet and paste it into the contest entry form and you're done! You've just snagged yourself some extra entries my friend!

If you've found this post helpful and informative, spread the word through the Twitter bird by clicking on the Twitter button below :)

15 People had something to say:

  1. Amy J - Book AddictMay 8, 2010 12:09 PM
    Thank you so much for posting this!!! I have been wondering about this and never knew how to do it!
  2. TyngaMay 8, 2010 12:17 PM
    Yeah it took me a while to figure this out when I first started using twitter
  3. DeeMay 8, 2010 12:17 PM
    Thank you for posting this. I am wondering though how I can get the tweet this button on every blog post... would you happen to know hehee?
  4. The Book VixenMay 8, 2010 01:12 PM
    Amy - You're welcome :)

    Tynga - It's one of those things that once you find out how to do it, it's wonderful!
  5. The Book VixenMay 8, 2010 01:20 PM
    Dee - go to http://addthis.com/ and follow the steps to make your button. It will then give you instructions on how to install it :)
  6. My 5 Monkeys(Julie)May 8, 2010 01:31 PM
    thanks so much for this tutorial about this..never knew it
  7. A Simple Love of ReadingMay 8, 2010 02:12 PM
    Thanks so much for this! I was one of the many that had no idea how to do this! YAY! :D
  8. Jennifer V.May 8, 2010 02:51 PM
    Holy cow, I have been posting links to my profile this whole time. How obnoxious. THANK YOU so much for posting this! Twitter is one site that I have a hard time catching on to. I don't know why. Thanks again so much! :)
  9. SaraMay 8, 2010 04:40 PM
    Oh my gosh - thank you! I could never figure out how to do this!! ;)
  10. mbreakfieldMay 8, 2010 07:30 PM
    Thanks for the info. I've been losing points because of this.
  11. EmmaganMay 9, 2010 07:30 AM
    OMG thank so much, i was pulling my hair out because i did not know how people did it XD
  12. Jennifer MathisMay 10, 2010 11:55 AM
    OMG whoo hoo I finally understand Thank yOu so much I love the step by step with pictures
  13. A Buckeye Girl ReadsMay 13, 2010 10:47 AM
    What a great post-I wish I had something like this when I first started blogging.
  14. jacabur1May 14, 2010 09:28 AM
    You know this is great, it took me awhile but finally figured it out on my own. Wish I would have asked you this 6 months ago, DUH is me!!!

    Thanks for the good sharing tip... I "tweeted it" so others can come by...

    jackie b central texas
  15. nymfauxJun 20, 2010 10:55 AM

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