Have you ever wondered what that extra text below some of the tweets are? These are called Twitter Cards, pretty much unknown to quite a lot of people. Well, if you’re a blogger and have installed the latest WordPress and Jetpack version, all you need to do is enable “publicise” feature from Jetpack, and you’re pretty much ready to go. Here are the steps:
- Activate “publicise” feature from Jetpack, and connect your twitter account.
- Use “Featured Image” to get your image preview on your Twitter Card.
- Go to Twitter Card Validator, “Validate and Apply” and paste any post link from your WordPress blog.
- If your Twitter Card is enabled, it will display how the card looks like.
- If you have not validated your domain site before, there will be a link for you to submit for “approval” to Twitter before it appears properly on all their apps.
- You will receive an email a few minutes later (they say weeks, but I got it in less than a minute) stating it has been approved.
You’re ready to go! Here are some caveats:
- For Jetpack, you can’t customise the Twitter Card. I recommend JM Twitter Cards plugin if you want more control.
- It doesn’t integrate with Facebook’s OpenGraph (which is similar), so now there are more meta tags added to your page.