How to Share a Tweet (X Post) on Facebook

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Last updated: February 1, 2024

Editor’s note: Twitter is now called X and a Tweet is now called a Post. However, to keep things simple, we’re still using the old terminology in this how-to guide.

Ever wanted to share a Tweet on your Facebook timeline or on your Facebook page, and you couldn’t work out how to do it? One would be forgiven for thinking this is an easy thing to do, but it’s actually not all that straightforward.

Before you read on, this article is NOT about auto-posting from Twitter to Facebook by connecting your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Instead, the below steps describe the manual process of sharing a Tweet on Facebook.

That’s right, manually. No funky automation tricks here, unfortunately. Because who would want Twitter to auto-share everything on Facebook anyway? They are two very different platforms, so auto-sharing between the two is pointless.

Sharing a Tweet on Facebook – Step by Step

But sometimes you do want to share a Tweet – yours or someone else’s – with your Facebook friends or your Facebook page followers, because of the sheer awesomeness of that particular Tweet.

Here’s how to do it in 3 simple steps!

1: Get the Direct Link to a Tweet

The first step is most likely what most people are struggling with: how to actually get the direct link to a tweet.

Well, it’s actually quite easy. Check out the below screenshot of a Tweet by SEMrush:

Embed post
Embed post

When you click on the dots in the top right corner, a list appears with various options. If you happen to be logged in, you will see more options than when you’re not logged in.

The option you need to select is the Embed post option.

Click on that option and Twitter takes you to a new screen where you can copy the link to the Tweet.

In that screen, you will need to scroll up to find that link:

Copy link to Tweet
Copy link to Tweet

Simply select that link and copy it.

You can ignore the section with the two options further below in that screen, unless you want to embed a Tweet in a website.

Important note:
If you’re using the Twitter app on your phone, grabbing a link to a Tweet works a bit differently.

First, you need to select the Tweet you wish to share on Facebook.

Below that Tweet you will see various options. To copy the link to the Tweet, you have to select the option on the right:

Copy link to Tweet on Twitter app
Copy link to Tweet on Twitter app

This pops up a list of sharing options, and to copy the actual link all you need to do is click the Copy Link option.

2: Create a New Facebook Post and Paste the Tweet Link

Now all you have to do is go to Facebook, create a new Post, and paste the link in the draft dialog box, like this:

Create new Facebook post with link to Tweet
Create new Facebook post with link to Tweet

Confusingly, Facebook may or may not pull all the meta information related to the Tweet from Twitter and display it in the preview box. In this example, it didn’t.

3: Add Your Own Thoughts and Publish

The last step is the easiest one: publish!

But before you do that though, it’s good practice to add your own thoughts to the post. Simply sharing a link is a bit boring, you really want to add your own commentary to keep your Facebook followers engaged.

Share Post on Facebook
Share Post on Facebook

You can now also remove the actual link from the post if you want to, because Facebook has already picked up all the details it needs.

And that’s it, this is how you can easily share a Tweet on Facebook!

 

How to share a Tweet on Facebook

 
AJ Mens

AJ Mens is a digital marketing professional specializing in WordPress, SEO, affiliate marketing, and content strategy. Following a career in IT, he has been involved in creating, growing, buying, and selling web properties since 2015.

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22 Comments
  1. I posted the twitter embed link in a FB Messenger post, and the picture with the meme or the text that commented on the meme from the OP of the meme did not expand.

    I have found that, depending on what site I’m posting to, that x dot com works most of the time now, but on some sites, if I want the tweet to show, I have to use twitter dot com, or even fxtwitter dot com to make that happen.

    And for some sites, I have to refresh the page, to get the tweet to expand. Sometimes I have to wait for 10 or more seconds for the tweet to fully show after I have posted it.

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      • Today I shared a Facebook post on Facebook. Although it had a box for me to add my thoughts, my thoughts did not show up on the post. That function worked fine on March 20 but not today.

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  2. This is exactly what I was looking for. It was so clear and well-written, and made my heart leap a little bit at the words, “Because who would want Twitter to auto-share everything on Facebook anyway?”

    EXACTLY.

    Well done. Thanks for the great work.

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  3. Hi AJ,
    I tried both ways but when I paste it on Facebook nothing happens. It doesn’t populate in the box, just sits in the dialog box. This is a video so don’t know if it’s too large of a file.

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  4. My iPhone was updated during the night two days ago. I’ve had problems ever since.

    In trying to follow your instructions, there is no longer an “embed option” and I can’t copy the link as you said to.

    I use to send it to my email, and copy it that way. The link no longer comes up on there either.

    Any suggestions?
    Thank you

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    • Hi Rhonda, if you’re using the app on your phone, first select the Tweet you wish to share, and then click on the option on the right below the Tweet. This will give you a few sharing options, where you need to click the Copy Link option.

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    • Hi Kris, on the next page, after clicking “embed tweet”, scroll to the top. That’s where the direct link is. Simply copy that, and you’re good to go. You can ignore all the HTML code further below in that page.

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      • Thanks, this was what I needed. Maybe the original post could also be edited to include this? I just kept pasting the gibberish code and was so frustrated!

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  5. How would I (or can I) post a link to a video tweet on Facebook, and have a proper video preview show up? All I get when I try this is a useless preview of the Twitter poster’s avatar, and the title of the video, but nothing that even shows a still frame from the video.

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    • Hi Kerry, I don’t think you have much control over that, as Facebook simply picks up the meta data from the link you’re trying to share.

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    • This is what I find as well. It sucks because you want the thumbnail for the video to show up in the preview, not the author’s photo. People are less likely to click on a photo of the Tweet’s author.

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  6. I tried it and it goes up in my share box. My question is does the photo open after it has been shared? Mine came up with the boring grey background and a link code. I thought mmmm, maybe after it is sent the picture I want to share will be displayed. I was going to try it and see what happened but thought I’d ask you instead. Because it’s the pic I actually often want to share with the story. How can I do that is it the same?

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  7. I can copy the link and paste into Facebook, but then it just shows a big picture of the person who posted it, instead of showing what the Tweet says. If I then click “Hide Thumbnail” all that remains is a link, instead of a picture of the Tweet. I could just paste the image of the Tweet, but I want people to be able to click on it and go to the person’s Twitter.

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    • Hi Sarah, if you share a Tweet link on Facebook, it will always be a clickable post, assuming it’s a valid public link. You may not immediately see all the correct data and images in the preview box, but once you publish then people will be able to click through.

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