How to share a YouTube video on Twitter in 2 simple ways


This combination of images shows logos for companies from left, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Social media companies are failing to stop manipulated activity, according to a report Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 by NATO-affiliated researchers who said they were easily able to buy tens of thousands of likes, comments and views on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Most of the phony accounts and the activity they engaged in remained online weeks later, even after researchers at the NATO Strategic Command Centre of Excellence flagged it up as fake.  (AP Photos/File)

  • You can share a YouTube video on Twitter in two ways: straight from the YouTube video itself, or by pasting a URL into your tweet.
  • Sharing YouTube videos is a great way to get around Twitter’s video limits, which only let you upload videos shorter than two minutes and 20 seconds.
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If ever there was a perfect pairing of two different media platforms, it’s YouTube and Twitter. The former makes it easy to upload all sorts of video content, while the latter makes sharing it with your followers as simple as a few clicks. 

And who knows — your followers might just retweet the video and make it go viral.

Before that can happen, though, you need to know how to share YouTube videos to Twitter. There are two ways, and they’re both pleasantly simple.

How to share a YouTube video on Twitter from YouTube’s sharing menu

1. On a desktop browser, while logged into both your YouTube and Twitter accounts, go to the YouTube video you want to share.

2. Click the word “SHARE” underneath the video, and then hit the Twitter icon to draft a tweet with the video link embedded.

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3. Add any text you’d like to the tweet, then hit “Tweet.”

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How to share a YouTube video on Twitter with a link

To share a YouTube video directly via Twitter, you need only copy the video’s URL and paste it into a tweet.

You can copy the URL from the URL bar at the top of your browser, or by right-clicking the video and selecting “Copy video URL.”

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