Shrinking your blog posts' permalinks (on existing or newly created blog posts) and then sending a tweet out for them can be a hassle — especially if you have multiple twitter accounts. Luckily, you can automate this process and auto tweet your blog posts right from your wordpress website using Pretty Link Pro. Hopefully this article will show you how this can save you time and the simple steps you'll need to go through to get this auto tweet feature working for you.
Pretty Link Pro can be set up to automatically create short links for your posts and tweet them when you publish your posts manually, via a remote service (XML-RPC) or with the WordPress scheduler. Using this feature will save you time when you write a new article on your blog–and can be particularly useful when using the scheduler or in conjunction with some kind of automatic blogging software like wp-o-matic or WPRobot.
Here’s how easy it is to get Pretty Link Pro's auto tweet feature set up:
If you didn't quite catch it from the video — here are the steps you need to go through to get auto tweeting to work for you.
- Go to “Pretty Link” -> “Pro Options”
- Click the link titled “Automatic Pretty Link Creation and Posting Options” to expand these options.
- Enter your Twitter Username & Password and hit the “Save” button (must be your valid Twitter credentials — don’t worry, your credentials are stored on your own Database — nowhere else! ). You can add as many twitter credentials here as you want.
- Check the box under “Create Pretty Links for Posts” or “Create Pretty Links for Pages” (one of these must be checked or the auto tweet option won't be visible) that is labeled “Automatically post to Twitter when a Post/Page is published.”
- Hit the “Save” Button again
Kieran Cales says
I have been using PrettyLink for quite a while, but with the auto tweet feature of PrettyLink Pro I have finally gone Pro!
I have my Identi.ca account linked to my Twitter account, but the tweets posted by PrettyLink Pro do not appear in Identi.ca – is there any way I can synchronise these two accounts?
Blair Williams says
Awesome Kieran — that’s a tough question — I’m not sure why that doesn’t work. Try this — send a tweet using Twitter’s web interface and then send a tweet via a 3rd party tool like TweetDeck … if the tweet from the web shows up on identi.ca and the tweet from the 3rd party tool does not, then there could be a discrepancy in the way identi.ca pulls tweets from your twitter account…
Kieran Cales says
Hi Blair, thanks for the quick response. On further examination it appears that identi.ca can auto-post to Twitter but not the other way around!
I found a plugin here http://www.openparenthesis.org/code/statusnet that works in conjunction with an Alex King plugin to auto post to identi.ca as well as Twitter.
I will have a look at the code and see if it can be edited to work with PrettyLink Pro instead or it may be something to consider for a future update as more and more people use identi.ca!
Kieran Cales says
The plugin above does include options for a number or url shorteners but obviously not for PrettyLink Pro, and I am not that good programmer to work out how to include the PrettyLink Pro shortened url as an additional option.
Any chance that a future edition of PrettyLink Pro might include an option to auto-post to Identi.ca as well?
Karson S. Johnson says
By setting up this Tweet feature in PLP, will this action trigger a new tweet each time I update my blog article? I’m not sure I’d like to tweet all revisions/updates. Thanks.