Social Tools

Publicize

This guide provides instructions for how to connect your WordPress.com blog to various social networking services. Once connected to a service, all of your WordPress.com posts will be shared with that service automatically. 

To connect your blog to your social networks, go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard. You’ll see six types of social networking sites under the Publicize heading at the top of the screen: FacebookGoogle+TwitterTumblrPath, and LinkedIn. To connect to any service, click the Connect button and follow the prompts.

Need more information or having trouble with connecting to a particular service? Read on!

Using Publicize

Once you’ve approved a connection to any of the below services, you’ll see a Publicize section in the Publish box on your post writing screen each time you write a new post.

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When you publish your post as usual, you’ll see it show up on the services you’ve enabled. If you want to opt out from any of the Publicize services for a specific post, click the Edit link next to the Publicize connections as shown above.

You can then uncheck whichever services you don’t want your post to appear on. You can also customize the message that introduces your post on your services:

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Setting up Publicize

To set up publicize on your WordPress.com blog please go to Settings→Sharing in your site Dashboard.

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At the top of the screen that appears, you will see a list of the services to which you can share your posts:

Publicize options

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Facebook Profiles & Pages

On the Settings→Sharing page click Add new Facebook Connection. A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Facebook account, providing access to your public profile and friend list.
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Click the “Okay” button and Facebook will then ask you to allow WordPress.com to post publicly on your behalf. Click the “Okay” button to allow this.

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Finally, you will be prompted to allow WordPress.com to manage your pages. Click “Okay” for this dialog as well.

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You’ll then be taken back to your dashboard and will see a success message and dialog. You can choose if you would like to publicize to your profile or one of your pages. You can also check the box to make the connection available to all users of the blog. This means that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this Facebook profile or page.

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Google+ Profiles and Pages

On the Settings→Sharing page click Add new Google+ Connection. You’ll be taken to Google where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Google+ account. Click Accept.

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On the next screen, you’ll see a message confirming that you have successfully connected your WordPress.com blog to your Google+ Profile.

If your account is a manager for a Google+ page, when you connect, you’ll be offered a choice of connecting to your profile or page(s):

Page choice

If you’d like to connect to both your profile and page (or multiple pages), you can do that. When your first connection is confirmed and you’re returned to Settings→Sharing, click “Add New” next to Google+ and follow the same procedure to add an additional profile or page.

You can also check the box to make the connection available to all users of the blog. This means that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this Google+ profile or page.

Changing who can see your Publicized posts on Google+

After you have authorized your Google+ connection, you can change this setting by going to Settings > Manage apps & activities from within Google+.

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Twitter

On the Settings→Sharing page click Add new Twitter Connection. 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.

You can also check the box to make the connection available to all users of the blog. This means that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this Twitter profile.

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Linkedin

On the Settings→Sharing page click Add new LinkedIn Connection. You’ll be taken to LinkedIn where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your LinkedIn account. Click Allow Access.

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You can also check the box to make the connection available to all users of the blog. This means that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this LinkedIn profile.

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Tumblr

On the Settings→Sharing page click Add new Tumblr Connection. You’ll be taken to Tumblr where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Tumblr account. Click Allow.

If you have more than one Tumblr blog, you’ll be prompted to choose which blog to publicize to.

You can also check the box to make the connection available to all users of the blog. This means that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this Tumblr blog.

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Path

On the Settings→Sharing page click Add new Path Connection. You’ll be taken to Path where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Path account. Click Allow.

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You can also check the box to make the connection available to all users of the blog. This means that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this Path profile.

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Images in Publicize

Facebook and Twitter Publicize typically select images that are at least 200 x 200 pixels in the following order:

  1. Featured image
  2. The first image of a Slideshow within the post
  3. The first image of a Gallery within the post
  4. An image attached to the post and inserted
  5. Any other image in the post (not attached but perhaps linked)

Tumblr Publicize will display an image if your post is an image post format or if there is an image embedded within the first 256 characters of the post.

Note that these social services sometimes change things on their end and display a different image than expected. In general, however, it should work as described. To exert the most control over which image is shown, set a featured image for each post.

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Additional Information

Multiple connections to the same account You can connect multiple social service accounts from the same WordPress.com account. This means you can connect five Twitter accounts, for example, and your posts will publish to all of them. If you are a blog administrator, you can also “share” any connection, so that all your authors can publicize to the same account without each author having to set up their own connection separately. Plus, other WordPress.com Administrators, Editors, or Authors on the blog can also have their own Publicize connections in addition to yours. Please note that you can only connect a personal Facebook account once.  It is not possible to simultaneously connect to both a personal Facebook account and a Facebook page created by that account.

Setting Up Non-Administrator Users The above steps are described for Administrator, Editor, or Author user roles. If you’re an Contributor for a blog, you cannot use Publicize. Only Administrators can share their connections with other users.

A note about Terms of Service Sharing your post to another online service, via Publicize, may subject your shared content that other service’s terms of use. Many other online services have terms of use or content guidelines that differ from our WordPress.com Terms of Service. Often, these terms give the service rights in user published content that are greater than the rights we (Automattic) have in content published to WordPress.com.

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Reconnecting Services

Sometimes the connection between one of your social networking services and WordPress.com might get disconnected. Not to worry, the following steps should get you up and running again quickly:

Reconnecting Facebook

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard and click the X next to the link to the Facebook profile or page you wish to disconnect.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Connect, but don’t click that link yet.
  3. Log into your Facebook account. Then go to your Facebook Account SettingsApps page by clicking this App Settings link.
  4. Remove the WordPress.com app by clicking the X in its row. (If there is no WordPress.com row, don’t worry, just skip this step). If you see a popup asking for confirmation, click the “Remove” button.
  5. Do not check the box to delete content created by WordPress.com. This will remove all previously publicized posts and there is no way to recover them.
  6. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard and follow these steps to reconnect.

Reconnecting Google+

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard and click the X next to the link to the Google+ profile or page you wish to disconnect.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Add new Google+ connection, but don’t click that link yet.
  3. Log into your Google+ account. Then go to your Google+ Settings page by clicking this Settings link.
  4. Click Security on the left-hand side of the page.
  5. Scroll down to the Connected applications and sites section and click the Review permissions link.
  6. Under Connected Sites, Apps, and Services, click the Revoke Access button next to WordPress.
  7. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard and follow these steps to reconnect.

Note: Disconnecting your Publicize connection to Google+ will also disconnect any other connections to your Google+ profile. Make sure to reconnect your profile following these steps.

Reconnecting Twitter

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard and click the X next to the link to the Twitter account you wish to disconnect.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Create new Twitter connection.
  3. Clear your browser’s cookies (this clears some cookies that Twitter sets which are often part of the problem).
  4. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard and follow these steps to reconnect.

Reconnecting LinkedIn

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard and click the X next to the link to the LinkedIn account you wish to disconnect.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Create new LinkedIn connection.
  3. Clear your browser’s cookies (this clears some cookies that LinkedIn sets which are likely part of the problem).
  4. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard and follow these steps to reconnect.

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Common Reasons Why a Post Failed to Publicize

  • If you schedule a post, it will not be Publicized until it is actually published.
  • Saving a post as a Draft will not Publicize it.
  • Static pages will not be Publicized.
  • If you have trouble with your posts not being sent to a specific service, disconnecting/reconnecting will often help fix it. See the instructions above for how reconnect for each different Publicize service. After connecting/re-connecting the services, you will need to publish a new post in order to test if publicize is reconnected.
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