Are you looking to build your brand via Twitter? People on Twitter are looking something new - great content and stories from the people, businesses, and brands that they're interested in. What better way to do that than including images and videos in every post?
In this article we will review several scheduling options that are available with your Social Report account.
Social Report offers several options when it comes to posting on Twitter.
Article Post - features a text and a link preview with a large image. User clicks on the link preview to be taken to the shared article.
Image Post - when a user clicks on the image instead of taking user to a link, an enlarged image will open up directly on Twitter.
Multiple Image Post - you can select up to 4 photos to tweet at once.
GIF post - you can either upload your own GIF or select from our free GIF library from GIPHY.
Video post - you may also upload videos (10mb limit per file) or connect an external media storage to access your videos directly w/o having to upload them.
Ever wonder why sometimes when you post a link to Twitter and the link preview image doesn't appear? Or your image ends up on the left hand side of your link in a thumbnail format? Or why sometimes your tweet gets cut off when published?
First of all, note that there is a separate Customize for Twitter (optional) tab. If you are posting to multiple social media networks at once, please do take advantage of that tab so you can construct a separate message of 280 characters or less to ensure no part of your post gets cut off.
Why is my post turning into a Twitter Card with small or large image?
Social Report uses the twitter card indicated in your website. To know if your website's twitter card uses a small or large image before posting, you may use Twitter's card validator.
What it looks like when posted via Social Report:
In the example above, the link that was shared has a tag in it for the Twitter Summary Large Image Card. This can also happen for the standard Twitter Summary Card. If that tag is in the code for the link you're sharing, we defer to Twitter and publish the Twitter Card associated with that link.
Why is the image I uploaded not being posted to Twitter?
While this does not happen all the time, if you are posting a link to Twitter and uploading your own image to go with the link, there is a possibility your image will not be posted and an image associated with the link will. Here is a prime example:
Using the "Change Image" button, the image was then swapped out for another image:
The post was then scheduled. However, after being published to Twitter, the image of the bird did not carry through, and instead the default image associated with the link being shared was included:
Why did that happen? Because the link that was shared, just like in the above example, has a tag in it for Twitter Cards, and associated with that tag is the image that must be included with the Twitter Card. In instances where a blog post, article, etc. has a tag for a Twitter Card in the code, Social Report lets Twitter take over and publish the associated Twitter Card, including the default image. If you are technically inclined and want to check if the link you are sharing has a tag for a Twitter Card, simply right click on the content, then View Page Source, and search within the code for Twitter Card.
Luckily, there is a work around that enables you to share the link and include your own image. However, if you go this route, the image itself will not be clickable, and the link you are sharing will go in the body of the post. Here is how you do that:
Go ahead and publish your post and this is the end result:
To learn more about scheduling automated social media scheduling with Social Report: