Have you ever wanted to share a tweet on Twitter by linking to it in an email or on social media, but couldn't find the URL? Or maybe you're trying to enter Twitter sweepstakes where you need to Tweet a message and then send the sponsor a link to your Twitter post as proof, but can't find the link to copy?
If you visit Twitter, you'll see a stream of tweets, but it isn't immediately obvious how to link to any specific one. You can't right-click on them to copy the URL, as you can with a blog post title, and your browser's address bar doesn't display the URL for a single tweet.
Luckily, finding the link to a Tweet you want to share isn't obvious, but it's also not difficult. Here are two different methods to use.
Link to a Tweet on Twitter Using Its Timestamp
Many people don't realize that the timestamp of each Tweet contains its link. The timestamp is the section of the tweet that shows when it was posted. If the Tweet is recent, you'll see how much time has passed since the Tweet was posted (such as 41m for 41 minutes ago). If the tweet is older, you will see the date and time of the post written out.
Here's how to share a Tweet using its timestamp:
- Locate the Tweet: Visit Twitter.com and navigate to the page of the person who made the post. You can also go directly to their tweets by visiting http://www.twitter.com/TwitterUserName. Once you're there, scroll through their tweets until you see the one that you want to share. If it's an older tweet, you might need to click the "More" button at the bottom of the page until you find the post you want.
- Click the Time Stamp. On each tweet, you'll see the time that it was posted. That timestamp also contains a URL with the link to the individual tweet. Click the timestamp. This will cause the Tweet to open in its own page.
- Copy the Tweet's Link from Your Browser's Address Bar. Now that the Tweet is on its own page, you can just copy the link from the address bar of your web browser. Now you have the address you need to link to.
You can also take a shortcut by right-clicking on the time stamp and clicking "Copy Link Location" (or the equivalent in your browser). This will give you the tweet's direct link without having to open it in its own window.
Link to a Tweet Using the Share Icon
Another quick way to find a link to a tweet is by using the "Share" icon.
- Navigate to the Tweet. Use the methods described above to navigate to the tweet you want to share.
- Open the Share Menu. Each tweet has an icon that brings you to a Share menu. It looks like a rectangular box with an arrow pointing out of it. Click that symbol.
- Click the "Copy link to Tweet" Option. Open the menu and select the option to copy the tweet's link. This will automatically copy the URL to your computer's clipboard. You can then simply paste the URL to share it on social media, by email, and so on.
And that's it! You now have two simple ways to link to a tweet to make sharing posts or entering Twitter sweepstakes easier.
Twitter clients like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite may offer additional options to find and copy the links to tweets.