Symphony is an all-in-one dashboard to publish, schedule, and manage your content on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

How to Automatically Add Images to your Tweets

It’s not surprising that tweets with images stand out in the feed and get 313% more engagement than tweets without images. So it stands to reason that when you share a link to your blog post, you should attach an image to it, right? Right. Yet, most people don’t do it because it’s a pain. Download the image, save it to your computer, compose a tweet, and then upload the image to Twitter. To simplify the process, let me explain how to get that done with one click using the Symphony Crosspost tool. This is one of the free features available to everyone on Symphony. And if you use the Crosspost browser extension, also free, then you can do it from anywhere on the Web.

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But first, let’s look at an example. This is the same tweet with and without an image. If you’re like me, the second tweet catches your eye first. Not only it’s more attractive, but Twitter also enlarges the font size to make it more prominent. Normal tweets user a 16px-font, but tweets with images use a 26px-font. That’s 63% larger.

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Extracting Images from Links Automatically

Let’s walk through posting a link to a Mashable article. First, copy & paste the link into the Crosspost window. If you’re using the Crosspost browser button, then just click that button and it’ll pick up the link of the page you’re on. Once you paste the link, Crosspost will scrape it and fetch the article title and images. You’ll see something like this. Notice that the preview on the right side doesn’t have an image yet. This is the standard tweet style:

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Now click on the Post as Picture checkbox, above the preview. The preview will change to this:

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And that’s it! Click “Post” to publish your link with the attached image. And if your article has more than one image you’ll see arrow buttons over the image that allow you to go back and forth between the available images and choose the one you like.

 

What if my post doesn’t have an image?

Or what if the image in the article is too small? or not as impactful? No problem! Crosspost allows you to add your own image to replace the default. Click on the image icon in the bottom left side of the window. This will reveal the built-in image search feature. Here you can find public domain and Creative Commons images that you can attach to your tweet directly. Or if you want to use an image from your computer then just drag & drop it over the Crosspost window.

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Any other interesting features?

Yes! Many. I’m planning to write a few more blog posts explaining the other unique features in Crosspost that we haven’t covered yet. But for now, I’d like to hear from you: we’re considering making this an option in Syndication so that your blog posts are auto-shared with images by default. If there is enough demand for such option, we’ll go ahead and build it. Let us know in the comments.

 

Improve your tweets with Images ❯

 

Adding Your Profiles to Symphony

The first step to getting started with Symphony is to add the social profiles and blogs that you’d like to manage. Symphony is meant to be an all-in-one social media management dashboard, and it works better the more accounts you connect to it. Here are the types of accounts you can connect:

  • Facebook profiles
  • Facebook business pages
  • Facebook groups (if you’re the group admin)
  • Twitter accounts
  • LinkedIn profile
  • LinkedIn Company Pages
  • Blogs you manage

Symphony will ask for Facebook permissions, including the ability to “post on your behalf”. Don’t worry! Symphony will never post anything unless you tell it to. Once you’re in Symphony you’ll see the home page like this:

how to link your social media profiles to symphony

 

To pick which individual Facebook pages you want to link click the Facebook button (Twitter will connect whichever account you’re currently logged in with). You’ll see a list of your pages appear:

Setup social media profiles with symphony

 

Once you’ve linked your desired profiles, click ‘Done’ and you’ll be taken to the home dashboard for the first time. This is what your profiles will look like:

connect social profiles to manage

If you need to link more profiles, click “Add profiles & blogs.”

Now that you’re set up there’s a few basic tasks you might also want to do:

You’re ready to rock and roll and start harmonizing your social media empire!

Syndication: Auto-Publish your Blog to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

If you share your blog posts to your social profiles on a regular basis then Syndication might be your favorite feature. It saves you time and automates some of the repetitive tasks in your day. Set it up once, and then it automatically shares every new blog post you write to your social profiles on an ongoing basis.

Symphony offers the fastest syndication in the industry: once a new blog post appears on your blog, Symphony detects it and publishes it to the social profiles that you’ve selected within seconds for most modern blogging platforms, and in less than 5 minutes for older blogging platforms.

Setting Up Syndication

  1. As with any other feature, the first step is to connect your blogs and social profiles to Symphony. In this case, connect the blog that you want to syndicate, and also connect the social profiles that you want to publish to, such as your Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and LinkedIn Profiles. You do this by clicking on the “Add Profiles & Blogs” button. If you’re having difficulty with this step, see more details here.
  2. On the Symphony home page you’ll see the Syndication box at the top of the page. Click on “Setup Syndication”.
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  3. Now you’re on the Syndication page. Select the blog you want to syndicate from, then select all the target social profiles. Your page should look like this:
    Blog Syndication with Symphony
  4. The preview at the bottom of the page shows you how your most recent post will look like on each of the social networks you selected.

You’re all set. Going forward, any new blog post you write on your blog will be automatically shared to the social profiles you selected.

 

FAQ

Q: Can I syndicate more than one blog?

Yes. You can repeat the same steps to add another blog. And you can set different syndication targets for each blog.

Q: Does syndication publish old posts?

No. Syndication works going forward. It auto-publishes new blog posts that you write after syndication was activated. If you want to share existing posts, use the Crosspost tool.

Q: My posts are being shared without images, or with the wrong images. Why?

Symphony reads your RSS feed and extracts the images from it. If your RSS feed doesn’t include images then Symphony won’t be able to see them. Here are a few things you might want to check:

  • Use full feeds, not partial. In WordPress, go to your dashboard then select Settings -> Reading -> Set the option For each article in a feed, show to Full Text. If you’re on Blogger then it’s Settings -> Other -> and then set Allow Blog Feed to Full.
  • If you’re on WordPress and you use Featured Images (i.e. images that are not embedded in the content of your post) then those images are not included in your RSS feed. You’ll need to install the Featured Image in RSS plugin to include your featured images in your feed.

After you’ve made the changes above, refresh your feed (see next question) and verify that your images are being read correctly. If not, reach out to us on the chat box in Symphony and we’ll look into it further.

Q: How do I test my RSS feed and make sure it’s working?

Symphony has a built-in feed tester. From the home page, find the box of your blog and click the “Refresh” link.

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That will show a green message detailed the status of your feed and the latest article. It will also include a link to the Feed Tester tool.

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