Select Which Image Will Appear When You Tweet A Link

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If you share links on Facebook and/or Google Plus, both will automatically extract the best image from the link to serve as a thumbnail or preview of what you’re sharing. The image that is automatically picked is the best size to serve as a preview but you can cycle through the different images available on the link and pick a different one to serve as the preview. It’s a pretty good feature that allows anyone sharing content to promote it more easily. Twitter unfortunately doesn’t have anything similar and it will pick link preview thumbnails itself. Tweetshot is an amazing little service that lets you tweet a link and pick which image is used as the preview. You aren’t restricted to the image appearing at the link itself; you can upload an image from your desktop (like you can on Facebook), or you can add an image from a URL.

Using Tweetshot is really simple; paste the link you want to tweet. You can see remaining characters as you compose the rest of your tweet. All images that can be used as a thumbnail are detected and listed below the compose tweet box as well as a snapshot of the web page itself. You can select which one you want to use or upload a different photo altogether from the ‘Paste image URL’ or ‘Upload an image’ options just below the compose tweet box. When you’re done, click ‘Tweet’.

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The tweet appears on your timeline like any normal tweet would and the service automatically favorites your tweet. No URL shorteners are used.

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Tweetshot is meant for people who push and promote content on Twitter. There are far more complicated and feature rich services available for this niche but Tweetshot is really great for anyone looking to use a simple free tool. The services also supplies a Tweet button that web masters can add to their websites. Users tweeting a link with the button will be able to select the image preview when they tweet.

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  • k.m.

    What about when Facebook doesn’t automatically select an image from whatever you are linking to/posting? any way to fix that?

    • I’ve experienced this exact same thing. It usually happens when you submit a new link that was just made live. The quickest and 100% effective solution that I have is to paste the link, let it load without the preview, and then refresh the page. Once the page has been refreshed, I just paste the link again and it always loads images.

      • k.m.

        Thank you! !

  • Founder here. Actually, Twitter does NOT include any images from website automatically in the timeline, they do that only in single tweet view.

    You would have to download the image yourself then re-upload it as a photo to make it appear in other users timelines the way Tweetshot does it.

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