This tutorial will demonstrate how to create a TWEET THIS link that contains a Tweet, whatever image you want tweeted, and a URL to the web-page you want tweeted with it.
To put this in an email, you must be able to access your default email template or create a new template. I made mine by creating a new template in an automated email program that I use.
Here we go:
1. If you’re including a URL to a website in the TWEET THIS link, go to bit.ly (it’s free) to shorten the URL so Twitter will use it. Copy and paste the new short URL to a blank doc or text file so you can easily find it in a few minutes.
2. Tweet the image that you want embedded in the TWEET THIS link.
This is necessary because Twitter will store the image and you need the specific path to where it’s stored. (If the image isn’t on Twitter, then it won’t show up when using the TWEET THIS link.)
Here’s how to do that:
Sign in to Twitter, click “Tweet”, then click “add photo or video”, browse for and Tweet the image. (You can delete the tweet later if you want. The image will still be saved.)
Now for the fun part: You need to find the URL (path) to that image, and there are TWO of them.
You’ll use the URL that starts with “pic”.
Stay in Twitter and right-click the Tweeted image you just posted. “Inspect” it with web developer tools, like the one in CHROME. (TOP RIGHT on Chrome, 3 vertical dots)
To find the correct URL, hit Control+F and search for “pic“. When you find it, copy the whole line pic.twitter.com/XXXXXX.
Paste it where you can find it again in a few minutes.
3.To create the Tweet This link in HTML:
<a href=”https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO TWEET > </a>
There can’t be spaces in-between words in a URL, so replace all those spaces with %20, like this:
THIS%20IS%20WHAT%20I%20 WANT%20 TO%20 TWEET%20
Next, continuing on the same line, right after the 20, we add the link for the Twitter image (red) that we just tweeted , and the bit.ly shortened URL (blue) for our chosen website.
Remember, no spaces, and close the tag >.Don’t forget the quotes. The whole href needs to be in quotes.
(I’m condensing the code here for easier display)
Now add some text to make a clickable link: (again condensing the code for easier display)
ODo%20http://bit.ly/2oxajij“>ADDED Clickable Text</>a
If you’d rather have a clickable image instead of text, then add the path to the image in an img tag, before the closing anchor </a> tag, like this:
ODo%20http://bit.ly/2oxajij“><img src=”path to image here”></a>
And here’s the end result in an outgoing email!
Here’s what clicking on it does:
Here’s what happens when I click TWEET:
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