Social Tools

Twitter

Twitter is a service for the exchange of brief messages, commonly called “tweets”, between users. You can integrate your site with Twitter in a variety of ways.

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

Watch the video below for a quick overview of how it works, and read below for more examples and settings.

You can reproduce individual tweets in blog posts, pages and comments using Twitter Embeds. To embed a tweet, place the URL of the individual tweet on a line by itself. The address looks like this:

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Adding the address to your page or post will display the Twitter card for that tweet:

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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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