How to Find the Link for a Specific Tweet on Twitter
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Have you ever wanted to point a friend to a Tweet on Twitter by sharing a link to the post by email or social media, but haven't been able to find a URL? Or maybe you're trying to enter a 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 how to link to any one of the Tweets in the stream isn't obvious at first glance. You can't right-click on them to copy the URL, as you can with a blog post title, and you can't pull the URL for a specific Tweet from your browser's address bar.
But luckily, finding the link for a Tweet you want to share is not difficult. Here are two different methods to go about sharing a link to an individual Tweet.
How to 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 will see how long it's been 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 (or go directly to their Tweets by visiting http://www.twitter.com/TwitterUserName). Once you're there, scroll down your list of Tweets until you see the one that you need to link to. If it's an older Tweet, you may need to click the "More" button at the bottom of the page until you find the Tweet you need.
- Click on the Time Stamp. On each Tweet, you'll see the time that it was posted, and that timestamp is a URL that contains the link to the individual Tweet. Click on 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. For example, this Tweet about a kitchen makeover contest: https://twitter.com/ContestsGuide/status/8911165439. Now you have the address you need to link to your Tweet.
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.
How to Link to a Tweet Using the Drop-Down Menu
Here's another quick way to find a Tweet's link.
- Navigate to the Tweet. Use the methods described above to navigate to the Tweet you want to share.
- Open the Options Menu. Each Tweet has a link to a menu with more options that looks like a downward-facing carat mark or a broad but shallow "v". Click on that symbol.
- Click on 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.
Note that if you use a client like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, you may have additional options to find and copy the links to Tweets.