This post is going to show you what I’m calling a ‘fill in the blank formula’ that you can use for creating a tweetable link.

If you don’t know what a tweetable link is, let me show you. Click the Tweet This link below:

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Backstory

Earlier this year I wrote a post documenting how I went about learning the basics of VC in about a week. Near the end of the post, I briefly mentioned I would be starting an education startup at http://learnthebasics.com.

At the time, I was juggling several potential ideas for the type of educational content I would deliver. Since I’m a writer who also likes to focus on marketing and I’m in the process of building a content marketing writing business, the obvious decision to shift the education startup to focus on content marketing. So, Learn the Basics will now teach content marketing to startups, entrepreneurs, and new marketers and marketing managers.

Which leads me back into the purpose of this post. I was creating the pages and content on the site today, and I wanted to add a tweetable link.

Now, I didn’t know how to do this, so I decided to visit good ol’ Google Academy and search for “how to create a tweetable link”.

The first 4 results show you how to create a tweetable link using Click to Tweet, with one of those 4 being the Click to Tweet site.

how to make a tweetable link

how to make a tweetable link

I’m a big fan of controlling as much of your content as possible because you never know if a service will vanish. So, for this reason, I immediately started thinking there had to be another way to create tweetable links without using a third-party service.

Now, I’m a fan of Marie Forleo and frequent reader of her blog, so I knew a couple things.

  1. She used tweetable links on her site.
  2. As far as I could tell, she wasn’t using a third-party site like Click to Tweet.

I was determined to figure out how she was creating the tweetables without a third-party service because that’s how I wanted to do it for full control. I figured it out and wrote this post to share my findings.

Now, I’m sure she likely has some sort of automation built into how she gets hers created, but I’m going to give you 5 different formulas you can use to create a basic tweetable or one with all the bells and whistles.

The formula is manual, and kind of dirty, but it does the job. It wouldn’t be qualified as nerdy otherwise. 🙂

Tweetable Formula

The basic formula looks like this: {twitter website url} + {?text=} + {Your Tweet}

Here’s a practical example:

Option 1 – Simple Tweet, no hashtags

https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Your Tweet Goes Here, No Quotes or Anything

You can copy and paste the entire link above, and you’ll see something similar to this:

tweetable tweet only

Option 2 – Tweet with hashtags

To add a hashtag, you type %23 and then the hashtag.

The formula would look like this: {twitter website url} + {?text=} + {Your Tweet} + {%23yourhashtag}

A practical example will look like this:

https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Your Tweet Goes Here, No Quotes or Anything %23tweetable

tweetable with hashtag

Option 3 – Crediting sources or linking out

To add a link or source credit, you type &url=yourlinkhere.com. 

The formula would look like this: {twitter website url} + {?text=} + {Your Tweet} + {%23yourhashtag} + {&url=yourlinkhere.com}

A practical example will look like this:

https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Your Tweet Goes Here, No Quotes or Anything %23tweetablelink&url=https://daphnelink.com

Option 4 – @ Tweeting

This bonus tip is also taken from Marie for creating an @ Tweet aka “at Tweeting”.

I also like to include via @daphnelink, so if my tweetable is tweeted by someone, I will get the notification. To add the @username credit, you type &via=daphnelink&related=daphnelink.

The formula would look like this: {twitter website url} + {?text=} + {Your Tweet} + {%23yourhashtag} + {&via=Twitter_username&related=Twitter_username}

https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Your Tweet Goes Here, No Quotes or Anything %23tweetablelink&via=daphnelink&related=daphnelink

Option 5 – Bring it all together

Now, put together everything you just learned and the formula would look like this:

{twitter website url} + {?text=} + {Your Tweet} + {%23yourhashtag} + {&url=yourlinkhere.com} + {&via=Twitter_username&related=Twitter_username}

https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Your Tweet Goes Here, No Quotes or Anything %23tweetablelink&url=https://daphnelink.com&via=daphnelink&related=daphnelink

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