Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Where's the URL?

If you are active in the SPS Team forum on Etsy, you may have noticed that a lot of our newer threads ask you to share the URL of an item, pin, post or tweet.

The URL is just a link that goes directly to the item, pin, post or tweet that you want to share. It sounds easy enough, but for those of us who are new to social media, finding the link may be easier said than done.

Before we begin, you'll need to locate the address bar in your web browser. It's the box at the top of your screen that has the internet address of the page you are visiting. Here's our team blog with the address bar circled.


How to find the URL (or link) to specific Etsy items, pins, posts, tweets and more.


The address bar is where the magic happens, but there are still a few more things you need to know about finding the link for specific items, pins, posts and tweets.


Etsy Item URL


We'll start on Etsy. I'm going to look at an item from one of my favorite SPS Team shops, WookNook13. Let's take a closer look at the address bar on the top of the page.


How to find the URL of an Etsy item


To use this URL in the team forum or on social media, you only need to copy/paste the information before the "?".


How to find the URL of an Etsy item


So what are the extra symbols and words in the link? The information from the "?" to the right simply tells Etsy how you arrived at this page. For example, I clicked on this item link from the shop's home page.

Pin URL


Now let's find the URL of a pin on Pinterest. I'm going to pin this item from WookNook13 to my Etsy All-Stars board.


How to find the URL of a Pinterest pin


After I pin the item this window pops up and I click the "See it now" button.


How to find the URL of a Pinterest pin


The link to my pin is in the address bar and I can copy/paste it as needed.


How to find the URL of a Pinterest pin

Tweet URL


Now let's take a look at Twitter. BohemianUp tweeted about another SPS teammie on her twitter page.

How to find the URL of a tweet on Twitter


It looks like she tweeted this on April 20. Clicking on the the time stamp (in this case Apr 20) opens the expanded version of the tweet. The URL of this tweet is in the address bar at the top of the page.


How to find the URL of a tweet on Twitter


Facebook Post URL


CarolaBartz shared a picture of one of her items on her Facebook page. Just like on Twitter, you can find a link to this post by clicking on the time/date that it was posted.


How to find the URL of a Facebook post


The expanded version of the post appears and the link is now in the address bar.


How to find the URL of a Facebook post


Google+ Post URL


Finding the post URL on Google+ is a little different than the other social media platforms, but it's still pretty easy.

Dawn from DeeDeeDesigns posted in the SPS Team's Google+ Community.


How to find the URL of a Google+ post



When you hover your mouse over a Google+ post a "v" appears in the upper right corner. Clicking on it opens an options menu. Find and select "Link to post".


How to find the URL of a Google+ post


A small window opens with the link to the post. Just copy/paste the highlighted link. Then select "done" to close the pop-up window.


How to find the URL of a Google+ post



Now that you know how to find the link to specific items, pins, posts and tweets, join us for some of the newest discussions in the forum:



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3 comments:

  1. Great tutorial -such important information for all teammies! Thanks for writing such a concise,easy to follow explanation. :)

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  2. So nice to find myself in such a helpful post like this one. Thank you!

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