How to Create Pre-written Tweets
April 3, 2012
If you've visited a site like New York Times or Mashable, you may have seen that you can click on a "share" or "tweet this" button to share the article you are reading on Twitter. On many of these sites, when you do share the article, a pre-written tweet pops up with the title of the article and the URL so all you have to do is click "tweet" to post it to your Twitter feed.
MIT News uses pre-written tweets. Go to a article such as Self-Sculpting Sand. When you click on the Twitter button below the title (indicated by the green arrow in the image below), a pre-written tweet will pop up for you so all you have to do is click "tweet".
This tweet pops up:
How to create your own pre-written tweets
If you'd like to create your own pre-written tweet to make it very easy for people to post your articles on their feeds, follow the steps below. I created my own pre-written tweet as an example:
The above URL automatically creates a tweet containing the text: "How To Create Pre-written Tweets http://ow.ly/a3CfV via @hatchsteph"
1. Create a URL based on my example above.
- The first part of the URL will be the fixed text "http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text="
- Spaces are created by separating each word with "%20"
- Continue with "%3A&url=http%3A%2F%2F" and then the rest of the URL (excluding "http").
2. Write a phrase such as "Share this article on Twitter"
3. Hyperlink this phrase with the URL you just created.
You will end up with something like this: "Share this article on Twitter" (click on this link to see what my own finished product looks like; you must be logged on to Twitter to do this).