How To: Tweet an article using bit links

  1. Find the article you want to tweet on a site you want to promote. I chose one of my reporter’s articles because I’m an editor on The State Press. Make sure that the article matches the tone you’re trying to promote on your social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc.

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2. Twitter has a 140 character limit. As you probably know, it’s a platform used by journalists to promote and report. It’s great for live updates and quick pieces of stories, but sometimes it gets hard to fit everything you want to say in. In many cases you need to attribute information, provide links and use hashtags so you can use bit links to shorten a link for your tweet and make it look less clunky. Copy your link and paste it in a bit link generator. I used Bitly.

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3. Take your bit link and paste it into your ‘tweet box’ on Twitter. After that, either copy and paste the headline like I did or, if you’re getting more technical, use a piece of the story or write a slug to catch your audience’s attention.

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4. Now you’re almost ready to tweet your link. In my case, I’m tweeting a story someone other than me wrote, so I attributed the information. After the link I wrote “via @alexisegeland” and then tweeted the story.

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