August 12, 2011

Sharing Posts to Twitter

If you have a Twitter account, you can automatically share new public Typepad posts to your Twitter followers. Typepad will share only the post title (truncated to 140 characters) and a link to the post. You can select individual posts to share on Twitter or you can set all new posts to be shared by default. This allows posts published via email, mobile applications or QuickPost to be sent to Twitter without any extra steps.

Adding your Twitter Account

In Account > Other Accounts, select Twitter from the Add an account menu and click Add. If you are already logged into Twitter, you will be presented with an authorization screen to allow Typepad to share your posts on Twitter. If you are not logged into Twitter, you will be prompted to enter the email address and password before you can allow Typepad access.

After you select 'Allow', Typepad will detect your user ID and present a menu where Sharing, Display on Profile and Sign In will be automatically enabled. To change any of these settings, select Edit.

Note:To disable sign in via your Twitter account, you will need to Delete it completely.

Setting Blog Preferences

After adding Twitter to your Other Accounts, go to Blogs > Settings > Sharing. If you would like to turn on Twitter sharing by default, select the Always share my posts option and Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Enabling the "always share" option will allow Typepad to send a post title and link to your new posts to Twitter by default. This will include posts published via email, the iPhone application, QuickPost and the new Blog It bookmarklet.

If you'd like to turn Twitter sharing off on an individual basis for posts created inside of your Typepad account, there is an option to do so on the Compose page.

Sharing from the Compose screen

From the Compose screen, you can customize the message sent to your Twitter account.

When you check the box to share your post to Twitter, a text field will appear below the account listed. In that field you will have a way to customize the message that appears in your Twitter account when the post is shared.

You can...

  • edit the message so that it's not the default (post title)
  • include #hashtags
  • direct your tweeted message to a specific Twitter account (e.g. using @typepad would ping Typepad if the post is something you want our eyes on!)
  • keep a close eye on how many characters you have left

Other Notes

Does Typepad have access to my Twitter account?

No. Typepad does not have access to your Twitter account information, nor does Twitter receive any personal information about you from Typepad.

Twitter and Bit.ly

Typepad shortens long URLs so they fit in Twitter's length limits and tracks clicks and traffic with the Bit.ly service. To see these traffic reports, go to Blog > Overview and under the traffic graphic, click on Social Media Optimization: Bit.ly Traffic.


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