June 24, 2013

Embed Social Updates in Your Posts and Articles with SocialDitto

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Mmm... Can bloggers and content writers stay away from social media? They used to. It's years ago, before the invasion of social media. But now they are attracted to social networks as it has promising benefits. In addition to content being published on blogs and websites, we find unique and pretty interesting content being shared on social platforms too. Were you ever wanted to embed a social update in your blog post or article?

Embedding a Social Update?

Is there any purpose of embedding a social update? Not always, but there can be scenarios you would just love to embed a social update you come across instead of describing what is it all about or linking to the status update from your post or article. It will simply add some color and keep your readers attracted to your post. Don't you think?

You already know that Twitter allows embedding tweets without using any third party tools. It's just really cool! But what if you need to embed a Facebook status update or Google+ post in your upcoming blog post or article?


SocialDitto might come in handy if you need to embed a Facebook or Google+ social updates. Plus, it works for tweets too. Using SocialDitto is fairly simple, and it processes and offer you embed code within few eye blinks.

Embeddding someone's status update can be controversial if it was intended to shared among limited audience, but no more. Even if it's your social update or someone else's, SocialDitto validates its privacy. The original social update you are referring to should be a publicly shared update where no restrictions imposed on the audience. For example, even if you share a Facebook status update of a friend publicly on Facebook, yet this tool doesn't allow you to process that specific update unless your friend (the original poster) shared the original status update publicly. It assures privacy and prevent misuses for some extent.

In addition to social updates, SocialDitto can process Tumblr posts for you to embed in your content too. Enough talking. Shall we take a look and see how easy it is?


1. Grab the URL for the Twitter tweet, Facebook post or Google+ post you need to embed.


Hover your mouse over the exact tweet you wanna embed and click on the date link to find the exact URL in the browser address bar.


Find the status update or post you need to embed and click the corresponding date label. Now you will be directed to the individual post page and grab its URL from the browser address bar.


Locate the exact post you wanna embed, and click on the date label to direct to its page. So you can get the URL to that post from the browser address bar. Else you can access Options Menu and select Link to post option too.

2. Navigate to SocialDitto website.

3. If you are planning to embed a Facebook status update, you will need to sign in using your Facebook account. Click Login with Facebook button and you will sign in automatically.

4. Now paste the copied Twitter, Facebook or Google+ link in the text box available on the website, and click Ditto! button.

5. Once the link has been processed, you will find its preview and code snippet.

6. Grab the embed code and add it to your post, article or wherever you need it to be rendered on your blog or website.

Enjoy :-)

Awesome! Thanks for coming by and taking your time to read this post :) I hope you have learnt something today. Now you can share it with your friends and I'd love to hear from you too.

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Harleena Singh said...

Hi Mayura,

This is surely great information, especially for those of us who don't have an idea abut how to embed a social update.

I've never tried to do these, or perhaps never come across any one as such that might be worthy enough to be embedded too. But just as Bren mentioned, I hope people are careful about the privacy settings and just don't make their things public without the person knowing about it earlier. That wouldn't be nice.

But sometimes the information passed on the social medias is great, especially if it's related to blogging or the latest updates etc. and those can easily be shared publicly too. Serves the purpose for sure :)

Thanks for sharing more about SocialDitto with us. Have a nice week ahead :)

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Harleena,

Well, me neither dear :) But I've seen some blog posts with status updates attached in there. Actually personal blogs. However they just got a screenshot and uploaded as an image :)

Very good point! Inforgraphics and tips being shared as social media post can add more value to a blog post by embedding 'em :)

Online World is indeed not a safe place to be around Harleena :) You never know what happens to our data in next moment as they hosted somewhere else. I find my blogging friends are careful about whom they share with, but some just have no idea.

Anyway isn't it safe enough as SocialDitto doesn't process non-public statuses or posts? ;) I like that. So even if someone trying to embed a status update shared with friends, SocialDitto won't allow it. If SocialDitto allowed processing private statuses, I don't think it would up and running by now :)

Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts on SocialDitto and online privacy Harleena :)


Sue Price said...

Ah Mayura this looks both very cool and very scary to me. I am with Bren and can see people embedding things they should not be. But it is cool.
Now even for a non-techie like me I can follow this.

I do love your tutorials and I have said to you before Mayura I can see you with some product of your own.

Thanks for sharing this with us.


Debbie Doglady said...

That is definitely cool Mayura! Bren does have a point too though. Hopefully, people won't share others' posts without permission, but as you said, don't post anything you don't want others to see. Great tutorial; thanks! :-)

Corina Ramos said...

You always make these things look so easy to set up Mayura! This is a cool tool I didn't know about :)

I've only embedded one tweet in a post and it does give it a certain pop. I bet it would look cool to have one embedded on a blog...something to think about :)

Thanks for telling us about Social Ditto and showing us the set up!

Amy Hagerup said...

What will they think of next? You surely stay on top of all these new things for us, Mayura. You are my go-to person! Thanks so much. Blessings, Amy

Sue Neal said...

Hi Mayura - not sure if I'll ever want to do this, but it's nice to know it's possible, so this is one I'll bookmark and keep for future reference.

Thanks for giving us such excellent, clear step-by-step instructions - you're very good at that :)


Adrienne said...

That's so cool Mayura, you've done it again my friend. I've seen others doing this on their blog but I guess I didn't think anything of it because I didn't need to embed anything at the moment. I would have had to run over and ask them how they were able to do that neat trick but not with you around.

Mayura to the rescue with another awesome tutorial. I have so many of your posts bookmarked my friend. I'm always having to revert back to them because I have found them so helpful.

Thank you so much for sharing this. Now I need to come up with a post just so I can do this!


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Sue,

Ha ha... Yeah dear :) We need to use it for good without 'causing troubles for anyone. It won't allow you to embed non-public updates but sometimes people share things publicly without knowing about privacy on social profiles. I think users should be more aware of what they are doing online :)

I remember you told me about it once when we talk about residual income too dear :) Actually, I'm focused on solutions with design and development skills which people will like to pay me happily for my efforts. Well, a BIG picture. As far as concerned on writing, it's free and all are here ;)

Thanks for coming over and sharing your thoughts on this topic Sue :) I really admire your encouragement and I love 'em :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Lisa,

Yippy :) Well, we know about embeddable tweets but Facebook and Google+ are new.

Sometimes we just link to a status update and direct readers out of our site. But now they can read it while on our blogs ;) Helps with bounce rate, no?

Thanks for coming by and adding your thoughts on SocialDitto Lisa :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Debbie,

You are right dear :) You know, it's not about tools but how we use 'em.

It won't allow you to embed someone's update if it's not being shared public, but still need to be responsible about what we do as some folks share personal stuff publicly instead of group of people they know :) Well, online is not safe indeed!

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your views on SocialDitto and privacy Debbie :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Corina,

It's too easy. Isn't it? :) You just need the link to a status update and rest is assured.

You can be creative with this one. Let's say job posting of a popular company posted on social media, so you can embed it in your post instead of directing readers away from your blog post ;) That's way better, right?

Thanks for stopping by and contributing your thoughts on SocialDitto Corina :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Amy,

There's amazing stuff and ideas everywhere online. Isn't it Amy? :) Even our blog posts are just not about writing, but adding value.

Now you know about SocialDitto and simply it's easy to use. I hope you will able to use if in your posts and be creative too ;)

Thanks for coming over and sharing your views on the topics being posted here Amy :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Sue,

You never know Sue ;) Neither I :D lol... I've never used it in my posts too but now I know when I need to.

Knowledge is power, right? Now even when someone asks you whether you knows a way to do it, you can simply say "Yes, I know" ;) Like a BOSS, eh?

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts on SocialDitto Sue :)


Ashley Faulkes said...

Wow, did not know this was possible. I can't off the top of my head think of what i would want to embed, but sometimes you come across something.......and then need to find the source to use it in a post.

It would be a nice change to use the post instead! It usually has some images which make it more interesting to our readers, adds variety. Maybe even the posters photo!!

I will be keeping this in mind as I post in the future

thanks for enlightening us

Sylviane Nuccio said...

Hi Mayura,

Well, I'm back.

I really appreciate this information as I had no idea you could do that. I will try it just for the fun of it. I'am glad you put a step by step how to, so I don't have to guess.

Thanks, and have a great week end!

Margarita Slavkova said...

Ha, it was very cool. I didn't know, for example, how to get the post URL on google+. Cool way to embed social media using sicialditto. On the other hand, how beneficial is this, if you encourage your reader to go elsewhere.

It is easy to be sucked by the hypnotic stuff in facebook. They will forget to return. It is out personal judgement. But it is good to know the way to do it.

Thanks, Mayura!

Neamat Tawadrous said...

Hi Mayura,

This is awesome and a step by step tutorial on how to embed a social update. I sure enjoyed the tutorial.

Thanks Mayura for sharing SocialDitto and for the great tutorial. Great stuff!! Enjoy your weekend!!

Be Blessed,


Angela McCall said...

Yeah, I'm pretty big about "privacy" my personal facebook was NEVER on public. It's always been on private. Anyhoo, will try this later. Thanks bud...


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Ashley,

Sorry for being late to reply mate ;)

It's cool! Isn't it? Ha ha... I get it. I have no idea when will I ever need it too, but we know when we need it.

I think the same mate. Rather than an usual screenshot or linking to the status update, it shows off the poster + content and directly links with the update too :)

Let's see. I hope you will be able to make use of it in future mate ;)

Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts and views on SocialDitto Ashley :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Sylviane,

Sorry for being late here and thanks for coming back after experiencing issues on commenting dear :) I appreciate it!

Indeed, that's fun Sylviane ;) I didn't know it was possible either, especially for Facebook and Google+. Now we know and yet it's way too easy to follow. Isn't it? ;)

I hope you will be able to use it in a future post dear ;)

Thanks for coming by and contributing your thoughts on SocialDitto Sylviane :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Margarita,

Sorry I'm late to reply here ;)

You got it dear ;) I've seen that many bloggers linking to social updates on different social networks and sending visitors away from the post after all. I think embedding social updates can eliminate that bad practice :) Well, more time on the post, eh?

Well, you are learning all the way ;) Now you even know how to grab links to specific updates too. I hope you can make use of what you have learnt in a future post of yours to provide better experience for your readers Margarita :)

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts on using SocialDitto dear :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Neamat,

Pardon me, I'm late! ;)

I believe that would provide a better experience for readers when you need to link to a social update dear :) Better than sending readers away from your post, no?

Well, I hope you can make use of it when you need to embed social updates Neamat :)

Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts dear :)

You have a nice week there too!


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Angela,

Sorry for being late to reply dear :)

We MUST Angela :) Social networks need to be used with the caution. Else, it can be too late.

You can find informative public updates on Facebook from interesting personalities Angela :) Especially, page updates are public, so you can embed 'em if you need to, using this tool too.

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts dear :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Tim,

Sorry for being late to reply mate ;)

Indeed Tim ;) It comes in handy when you need to mention a social update. Interesting information spread on social platforms. Isn't it? ;) Plus, it links to original update and attributes automatically too.

I hope you will able to use it to embed interesting updates in your posts Tim ;) Well, we never know when it will be. But we know what to do, when we need to ;)

Thanks for coming over and contributing your thoughts on SocialDitto Tim :)