Check out your Twitter newsfeed for a minute. What gets your attention? Images! Whenever possible, you’ll want your tweets to stand apart from the rest by adding a relevant, high-quality photo. Ideally this will be a tweet that drives traffic to your blog or one of your social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, etc.)
To add a photo to your tweet, just click on the Add Photo button.
Keep in mind that doing so will add 26 characters to your tweet (like so: pic.twitter.com/N17Emovw5R). You want to leave room for comments and for people to retweet your tweet with their handle (eg., @kristyivd), so you’re going to want to keep your tweet brief. This recent tweet of mine is 118 characters with spaces (embedded tweet below).
— Kristy Schnabel (@kristyivd) July 14, 2015
(Note: When sharing to other groups, I suggest including the “http://” in front of the URLs to ensure that no matter where its being shared, the link will work.)
You might be thinking, “Where am I going to be re-sharing these tweets?” Guy Kawasaki calls Twitter a firehose. Funny, but true!
He scheduleds 80 tweets a day, and whereas you and I don’t have 10 million followers as he does that you need to entertain, I do think you should consider sharing your tweets more than once to reach people when they’re online. You especially want to share more than once your blog posts that you’ve spent hours to prepare.
Here are 3 places you can re-share your tweets:
Your Own Twitter Feed
I share my blog post tweets a couple times when they are first published, then again later in the month, perhaps. Then after a few months, if the post is still relevant, I’ll share it again. I use both Buffer and Hootsuite in my business.
A Twitter Sharing Group
I belong to a private group, AssistU, and we have a totally fun group called, “Twitter Tuesday,” in which we share each other’s tweets. Think of how you can expand your reach with a group like this. You don’t have to share everyone’s tweets, but if you are in a group with common interests, it usually works out that way. It’s helpful to have an online space like a forum or Facebook group with a leader you can count on to keep the momentum going. I highly recommend this!
Social Buzz Club
The Social Buzz Club is a network of social media pros who share their valuable content on a membership-only website. I’ve belonged for years, and for a small monthly fee, I use their platform for scheduling the fellow members’ valuable content that is relevant to my audience, and they in turn share my content if they find it useful to their audience. It’s really something when someone with thousands of followers shares your post. :-) By the way, it’s not just for Twitter — it’s for Facebook and LinkedIn too.
Now that you have all this sharing going on, let’s get to the point of this post, which is how to have your tweet shared in with the image intact.
Here’s my YouTube video on the topic:
To reveal the pic.twitter link, follow this two-step process:
Step 1: Click on the “View Tweet Activity” Icon
Step 2: Copy the pic.twitter link.
As stated above, when sharing with other groups, I suggest adding the “http://” in front of the pic.twitter link to make sure that photo works no matter where it’s going. The tweet you would re-share with your groups or on Hootsuite or Buffer would then look like this:
My dog taught me to ask for the sale. :-) http://goo.gl/3DzS4t #entrepreneur #biztip http://pic.twitter.com/N17Emovw5R
Now get re-sharing!
 Guy Kawasaki shared this at Social Media Marketing World 2015
Kristy Schnabel of It’s Virtually Done is a social media & online marketing strategist who helps entrepreneurs with quick & easy social media strategies to boost their business. She’s been profitable online for 11+ years and relishes helping others master new technologies. When she’s not online, you can find her swimming miles for her next open water swim vacation, hiking in the forest with her dog, Aubrey, or walking at the Oregon Coast with her husband Larry.
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