This post was updated on 7/31/2012 to reflect the new process of getting the URL 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!
Most bloggers have some sort of ‘share’ gadget on their blog (usually at the bottom of each blog post) and usually included in that is a Tweet button. If a blogger is using a Rafflecopter form then they may have a tweet button incorporated in the form. These sharing options are awesome because you can tweet about the giveaway without leaving the page you are on. And if none of these options are available to you, simply open up a new browser tab and go to Twitter.
Step 2 - Get the URL to your Tweet!
Go to your Twitter profile. Click on the Expand hyperlink underneath your Tweet.
It will expand your options. Next click on the Details hyperlink.
When you click on the Details hyperlink, it will take you to the webpage directly for that tweet. It will look like this:
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 229237425703120896 in this link, it will have its own unique number in your link. That unique number is the number of tweet it is.
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!
Step 3 - 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 :)