Permalinks: Timestamps and other social media link isolation techniques

21 Oct

Have you ever wanted to point someone to a particular social media post or comment?

Follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page.

Look for the timestamp, which usually doubles as a permalink. Here’s where they are on various social networks:


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Facebook comment

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Note here that if you select a tweet that’s part of a larger thread, all the other tweets will be included, but the one you selected will appear largest. Sometimes it’s best to direct someone to the first or last tweet in a thread to avoid confusion, unless you want to emphasize one particular tweet above the rest.

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You know, because context on tweets like the one above is a good idea…

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On desktop, it’s just the URL that appears in the address bar when you click and enlarge a photo.

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On mobile, click the three-dot button and select “Copy Share URL”.

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The dog-ear you get when you hover over the top-right portion of a post (from the dashboard):

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The permalink buttonΒ (from the share button in the dashboard):

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The timestamp (found only on a Tumblr’s main page, as opposed to in the dashboard – this may be more difficult to find depending on a particular blog’s design setting):

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When you hover over a pin, a magnifying glass will show up (not pictured here). Just click that…

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…and use the URL in the address bar.

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Again, just click on the time…

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…or if it’s older than a day, the date.

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Comments (for most sites)

This won’t apply everywhere, but if you want to link to someone’s specific comment on a page, generally the timestamp (this example from the New York Times) will Β get the job done. And if you can’t find a way to link to a comment, they’re the worst part of the Internet anyway, so don’t sweat it!

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Did I miss any? Do you have permalink-related tips? Share them in the comments.

2 Responses to “Permalinks: Timestamps and other social media link isolation techniques”

  1. Rotimi Omololu Orims December 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Nice article.
    I guessed what the term “timestamp” meant, and I wanted to Google it to see if I was right. Your article just helped me to prove that. And it gave me another insight into something else. So thanks. πŸ™‚

    • bradgerick December 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

      Glad to help! Thanks for reading.

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