Making @Hashnode and @Twitter work well together | A 3-pronged #tip

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Preface

Hashnode primes a reader to give a shoutout to the author of a post using the Say Thanks! button on the left of the blog post. It's just below the emojis:

Screenshot 2020-04-08 15.55.03.png Say Thanks! button šŸ‘ˆ The button is somewhere here

The button ā˜ļø is used to share a post on Twitter (auto-filled with the title and author). This post is about optimising your blog post for both Hashnode and Twitter platforms.

Thank you Maggie and Bolaji for allowing me to use your posts for demonstration.

How we got here

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Recently, a fellow publication member Maggie posted a blog post in our publication. While sharing it to my Twitter network, I noticed some differences between how previous shares on Twitter looked like as compared to hers. By shares on Twitter, I mean what a tweet looks like by default without editing when you click on the Say Thanks! button.

Screenshot 2020-04-10 01.28.15.png

The post has since been updated and with what we learnt, we collaborated to write this post. So allow me to show you how to make Hashnode and Twitter work well together.

The 3-prongs

Your profile

When you share from Hashnode, the twitter account's username that you filled in your Hashnode profile is auto-filled in the tweet. If you don't have a twitter account then only your name is filled out like the example above.

This is how it looks like when you update your profile with your Twitter handle.

Screenshot 2020-04-10 01.29.05.png Slightly optimised blog post

If you haven't, go ahead and add your twitter profile on your settings page:

Screenshot 2020-04-08 16.22.24.png Screenshot of my settings page

Title

Ensure you add the username (with the @ symbol) of the subject person or subject matter. If not, this will go in the tweet as plain text. Here's an example from a blog post in Hashnode's Townhall written by Bolaji:

Screenshot 2020-04-08 16.12.26.png The title in Hashnode

Screenshot 2020-04-10 02.01.22.png No @ username in the title so Charlie, in this case, is not mentioned

Disclaimer: I understand that this may not apply to most posts. Where subject persons are concerned; maybe some individuals don't have Twitter accounts or don't want to be mentioned for some reason.

This is how it looks like when you update it:

Screenshot 2020-04-10 01.29.28.png Blog post is optimised a notch better

Tags

The third prong in this tip is adding tags.

Tags make your posts more accessible to people who don't follow you by leveraging on the popularity of the tag. This is true for both platforms; Hashnode and Twitter.

In the Hashnode editor, there's a tags section where you can add up to 5 tags. These tags will serve your post well on both platforms.

Screenshot 2020-04-08 16.16.59.png Tag section of the Hashnode editor

You might have noticed the word tip in this post's title is preceded by a # symbol. This is not highly advised since it will only make sense when shared on Twitter as it will serve as a hashtag on the platform. All the same, you can add a tag as part of the title if you want to exceed the number of tags. Your call!

Finally:

Screenshot 2020-04-10 01.29.52.png Optimised blog post

Conclusion

So there you have it; an optimised Hashnode post that serves you well when shared on twitter.

Screenshot 2020-04-10 01.29.52.png

What's more, following this tip adheres to the DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself) principle. To share feedback and any tips you have up your sleeve, let's meet at the comments section below.

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