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Awesome Hidden Twitter Video Hack Nobody Talks About

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  • August 3, 2017

tweet video hack

Video on Twitter is hot, hot, hot! So when I found this hack to include a title, description and a clickable link right in a video, I was pumped!

Want to know how to do it yourself? In this post I’ll show you the exact steps to quickly tweet a video that comes out looking like this:

tweet with clickable link

Pretty cool, huh?

So let’s get to it and see how it’s done…

How to Put a Clickable Link in Twitter Videos

Fun fact, I actually stumbled upon this feature by chance. I was taking a screenshot of the Twitter menu for a different post and noticed the “Media Studio” option.

QUICK UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention that the Media Studio is not available to everyone. If you don’t have access, click here for a request from Twitter.

twitter media studio menu

I’d never heard of that before. So I figured, “let’s give it a click and see what’s happening over here.”

Clicking that opened a library of all the media from my previous tweet activity.

twitter media library

Honestly, at first I had no idea why this is really even helpful. In fact, I still don’t get why you would need this…for the most part.

BUT, being the naturally curious fellow I am, I poked around and found something pretty freakin’ cool.

First, I noticed you can filter by media type.

twitter video hack

Again, video on Twitter is hot so I filtered by those and clicked on one to see the options.

Seemed normal at first. But then I noticed down on the bottom there’s an option to “Edit media settings.” So I clicked it and this is what I saw.

twitter media library video settings

Now this is getting interesting.

After filling out the options and tweeting, I saw the awesome result.

The video had the title and description much like a Twitter card would – that part I expected.

But the super cool thing was, instead of the link being in the description or making the title clickable, it actually shows up as an annotation link right on the video!
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I’m still not sure how nobody ever talks about this (or does it, as far as I’ve seen). I guess it’s just lucky for me I stumbled upon this bad boy hack 🙂

An Idea to Have Fun With Clickable Video Tweets

As soon as I found out you can do this, the gears started turning on how to use it creatively.

Consider taking a quick selfie video describing what you’re linking to and tell people to click the link over your shoulder. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work on mobile (it’s just a regular video tweet there). Knowing that, I advise including a link in the tweet copy too for mobile users.

Here’s one I created for a recent post (hover cursor over the tweet to see link on the video):

Schedule These Tweets With Another Twitter Video Hack

I’m having a psychic moment and reading some minds right now. Some of you are thinking, “This is cool, but I don’t want to go into this setting every time I want to tweet this out.”

Good news! If you want to add one to your evergreen queue of tweets in the scheduling platform of your choice, you can.

Click here to check out our post on how to schedule a tweet with a video. Note, that hack doesn’t work on mobile either (get it together, Twitter). But it’s still a nifty trick for the laptop and desktops viewers.

Wrapping Up

So what do you think? Will you use this hack?

If you do, I’d love to hear how it goes for you. Post a link to your tweet in the comments below and we can all check out how you used this creatively!

P.S. Here at Social Quant we’re super excited to announce we’ll be releasing some new tools very soon. Stay tuned next week for a post on how to find the right people to follow on Twitter – and how one of our new tools makes it super easy!

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Author David Boutin

David is the Social Quant content Gatekeeper AND Keymaster, as well as a customer relations specialist.Follow and Connect with David on Twitter. 

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  • Fascinating article David, I have one challenge though. There is no Media Studio selection available on my Twitter menu! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5f13b3b01a73327d6741ce48132499056c63fbad29a78bd7dcbb11794d85a70.png

    Is this Twitter feature available only to a selected few?

    • Hi Windsor!

      I see now it’s not available for everyone. I left a more detailed reply to Todd’s comment. Cheers!

  • Santosh Kanekar

    I am not getting the Media Studio option in the profile

    • Hi Santosh,

      I see now it’s not available for everyone. I left a more detailed reply to Todd’s comment. Cheers!

  • Todd A. Le Bouef

    This is an awesome feature but its not an option on my account. Is there something we have to turn on in order for this option to be available?

    • Hi Todd,

      I’m actually not sure why you don’t have it. It could be that you need to be signed up for Twitter advertising for the media studio to be available. I did look at another account I have and see it’s not available on that one. I’ve tried signing up for ads on that account to see if it becomes available to me. It hasn’t yet but I’ll keep an eye on it and update here if it does. Sorry!

      • Todd A. Le Bouef

        No worries. I’ll check that out. Thank you for replying. Have a great day!

      • I am signed up for Twitter advertising and Media Studio isn’t an option for me – so, I’m not sure that it’s that.

  • Tabitha Naylor

    No option for me either… bummer!

    • Hi Tabitha,

      Bummer! Have you ever signed up for Twitter ads? I’m thinking that might be the difference.

      • Tabitha Naylor

        I did – but it was back in 2015. I’ve never posted videos before… could that be the key differentiator? Perhaps you need to have posted videos before to have the media option?

  • Media Studio was closed down some time ago.

    • but none of the fun stuff (links, description, titles) show up at all. 🙁

      • Hey Phyliss!

        When you say it’s back up – did you not have always have access to it? If not, and you did something to get it back, can you let me know what that was?

        Also, remember the stuff only shows on desktop and laptop, not mobile, unfortunately.

        Cheers!

  • I do not see “media studio” on my drop down: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d3c144164b31e6d13c385938ae722356663bf90a4824dc4b3a831454f88df877.jpg Is this available on all accounts? Thanks

    • Hello,

      Apparently, no, it’s not available on all accounts. I am trying to find out why some don’t have it and some do. If I find the answer I’ll update the post 🙂

  • Twitter Studio has been around for about a year – it’s a really helpful resource and in fact you can schedule Tweets within https://studio.twitter.com/ for any media you post

    See the announcement here https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_au/a/2016/au-launching-twitter-media-studio.html and this resource I think will be of assistance to your readers looking to use the tool https://business.twitter.com/en/help/troubleshooting/media-studio-faqs.html

    • Hi Krishna!

      Thanks for reading and commenting and sharing that resource. Hopefully that helps with some of the readers who can’t access the Media Library 🙂

      Cheers!

      • Tabitha Naylor

        When I went to this URL – https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_au/a/2016/au-launching-twitter-media-studio.html – near the bottom, it says it’s something you need to apply to. So, I went ahead and filled out the form. I’ll update everyone here once I hear something!

        • Thanks for sharing that, Tabitha! Did you get access to the Media Studio? If so, please let me know and I’ll update the post with that link. Thanks again for sharing and have a great weekend! 🙂

          • Tabitha Naylor

            Nothing yet. I’m in the process of trying to get my Twitter account verified, so not sure if that may be causing delays or not. I’ll keep everyone posted!

          • Thanks Tabitha 🙂

  • Thanks David – love this one. Will be testing it out! I’ve done Twitter ads so I hope I will have the feature as well.

    • Hey Lisa! If you do have the Media Studio I’d love it if you let me know. Just trying to get to the bottom of why some have it and some don’t. Since you’ve run ads before it would be telling if you DON’T have it. 🙂

      • I don’t have it David and I’ve done the ads recently too 🙁

  • Hi David, I don’t have access to it because I haven’t done Twitter ads. Thanks for the tip. I will keep it in mind next time

    • Thanks for reading and commenting! I’m not 100% sure that not having signed up for Twitter ads is the reason you don’t have it, but best guess for now. If I do get a concrete answer, I’ll update the post and try to let everyone know. Cheers!

  • Ralph

    I’ve been able to get to twitter studio with every account I have.
    If you go to https://studio.twitter.com/library it should set you up and then give you the link under your account.
    The problem I’m having with it is that I can’t retweet any video. It always says “Error 3 – invalid media”.
    Support hasn’t found a solution to the problem.

    • Hi Ralph, thanks for the link!

      That’s strange that you’re having that issue. Is it possible it’s something about the media type, like a .mov vs. .mp4?

      • Ralph

        That’s a thought. I know I always use .mp4’s. Perhaps when I get some time I’ll convert one to .mov and retry. What’s really strange is that I’m only trying to tweet what I’ve already tweeted out. You’d think that would work because it already has.

        • Hmmm, if it’s already been tweeted out, I doubt the file type is the problem. I think they are supposed to be .mp4 anyway. Not sure why you’re getting that error but hope you get it resolved 🙂

  • Andrew M. Warner

    Kudos for being curious enough to poke around and find this out. I’ve NEVER heard of this before. But, I’m going to give it a try certainly.

    Thanks for this.

    • Hey Andrew! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂 let us know how it works out for you. Have a great weekend!

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