Two Tech Tips for One : Tweets in WordPress and a NaNo Spreadsheet

NanoAbby and TweetEmbed

Hmmm, I felt the week could do with a really long blog post title. What do you think?

Anyway, here’s a Tweet, sharing Abby Annises’ gift of a fab spreadsheet wordtracker you can download if you are doing NaNoWriMo this year (on Friday, yikes!).

How to get Tweets into WordPress

WordPress.com users (like this blog) can easily get individual tweets into a post. Note that there is also a Twitter widget that comes in WordPress.com which allows a tweet stream to appear in your sidebar, but this time I’m talking about a tweet embedded in a post.

Here’s how you do it.

Go to the Tweet you want. Find it in your stream. There’s the one I used, at the top of my stream.

Tweet clip1

Click on the time/date at top right (note: Twitter on mobile devices don’t show this date in this area of the tweet, and my iOS mobile version doesn’t link from the date either – so it may need to be done via a browser).

The individual tweet now shows on its own page. Take the URL for this from your browser address bar.

Tweet clip2

Now in your blog post you can either simply insert the URL in its own line, or you can wrap the tweet URL with a shortcode like this:-

Tweet clip3Once you publish, the tweet will appear, and readers can click on live links from it, retweet etc just like normal. Note that I don’t have a great lot of followers as yet. Please feel free to follow my twitter stream, you will find it’s full of lots of link shares of helpful posts from across the blogosphere for writers.

For more formatting options with your embedded tweets, check the WordPress support page on the subject.

My thanks go to Abby Annis for this wonderful wordtracker for NaNoWriMo participants. I will be using it.


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