Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to find copies of deleted pages

Ever clicked on a link and found that the page doesn’t exist? This post is for you.

1. Manage your expectations
2. Check search engine caches for recent deleted pages
3. Try the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine for much older pages
4. Other relevant posts on this blog
5. Troubleshooting and alternative options

1. Manage your expectations

Although there are several tools to uncover deleted pages there’s no guarantee that you’ll find the page you’re looking for. Not all websites are captured or sometimes the particular page you want hasn’t been saved. Best to always approach these searches as a pleasant surprise if you find anything.

2. Check search engine caches for recently deleted pages

Search engines index websites by crawling through all their links, they sometimes keep a cached copy of the page. When you type in a search term and press enter you’re shown a list of possible hits and if you click on the main link you’ll go straight to the page. On Google and Bing (and I’m sure many other search engines) this tiny little arrow will show you a copy that the search engine has saved in its cache. No arrow = no available cache.

Click arrow to access Google cache

Cached pages are continually overwritten and updated so the cache of a page deleted today may disappear in a few days so this option only works for recently deleted pages (sometimes it works for tweets too, try searching for the person’s profile and see if anything shows up.

If you find what you’re looking for you might like to save a copy of the webpage as a file (eg in Firefox this is File / Save Page As…) or save it as a screenshot.

3. Try the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine for much older pages

If you don’t find a copy using a search engine then try the Wayback Machine. This tool captures all sorts of websites automatically but people can also ask it to save a copy of a website (from now onwards) if it’s not currently there.

Go to https://archive.org/

Internet Archive Wayback Machine.png

and type in the address of the website (homepage) or particular link (blog post etc) that you’re interested in, then press enter on your keyboard or click anywhere outside the text box.

Wayback Machine with address typed in.png

Either you’ll see a page telling you nothing’s been saved (see 5. Troubleshooting and alternative options) or you’ll see something like this.

Wayback results page example.png

This tells me that pages from this very blog have been saved 23 times in three and a half years and I can use the year tabs at the top to scroll back. Each black bar represents a month, its length indicates the number of copies made. Here’s 2016 – two copies saved – one on October 17th (highlighted) and another on 14 November.

2016 saves for this blog on Wayback Machine from Internet Archive

To access the saved copy hover over the the blue dot on the date it was collected and a moment later the little pop up will show with a link to one or more snapshots taken. The timestamp is the link to a copy of the site / page taken at that time on that date. Click to visit, the example for this website is below – you can see that the numbers in the link relate to the year, month, day and time

https://web.archive.org/web/20161017175533/https://howtodotechystuff.wordpress.com/

There’s a video showing the full process below (includes a slight delay as the archived page takes longer to open).

4. Other relevant posts on this blog

5. Troubleshooting and alternative options

Sometimes a page you’re after hasn’t been captured and that’s the end of the search. You might be given the option to look at all pages within a site so that’s worth a look. I’ve also  been presented with a page that looks like this – it’s displayed while you’re redirected to something. Before closing the tab you might as well wait and see where you end up.

Wayback Machine redirect notice.png

Page I was trying to reach: https://web.archive.org/web/20130929051516/https://twitter.com/JoBrodie/followers

Page I ended up being taken to: https://web.archive.org/web/20171002100900/https:/twitter.com/login?redirect_after_login=%2FJoBrodie%2Ffollowers – you can see where you’re going to be redirected to on the page (though you won’t know what it looks like until you’ve been redirected there).

There are other services like the Wayback Machine, here’s a selection.

It’s also helpful to search Twitter and search engines for references to the page you’re after. Even if your page has gone people might have taken screenshots and shared them via Twitter or in blog posts / newspaper articles.

 

 

Twitter is switching off Legacy Twitter (meaning some browser add-ons will likely stop working)

The current version of Twitter was launched in Summer 2019 (it was rolled out to me on 22 July) and involved a change in appearance and functionality. Lots of long-term users disliked it and not just because we’re grumpy about change but because it made the site less usable and less appealing.

Browser add-ons like GoodTwitter and other tweaks solved the problem for several months by making your browser pretend to be an older version which couldn’t support New Twitter thereby forcing Twitter to display its legacy version. Alas this stopped working as well in mid-April 2020 and yesterday (8 May 2020) Twitter showed this notice to people using “Old” Twitter.

This is the legacy version of twitter dot com Screenshot 2020-05-08 20.25.22

It says “This is the legacy version of twitter.com. We will be shutting it down on June 1, 2020. Please switch to a supported browser, or disable the extension which masks your browser. You can see a list of supported browsers in our Help Center.

So after 1 June it looks like we’re all going to be stuck with the terrible new version of Twitter (reasons why I dislike it below). Boo. Hiss.

If I hear of ways to disable it I’ll update the post and delete the picture below.

If you can see this image it means I’ve not found out how to disable Twitter’s new ‘fix’ which forces everyone onto the awful New Twitter layout.
It says “If you can see this image it means I’ve not found out how to disable Twitter’s new ‘fix’ which forces everyone onto the awful New Twitter layout.

Meanwhile, here are some reasons why I don’t like #NewTwitter

Differences between New and Legacy Twitter
1. Top Tweets first
#NewTwitter defaults to showing you the top tweets so if you want to see the Latest ones you need to keep an eye on what it says at the top of the Home page. If your Twitter says “Home” and you want to see “Latest Tweets” click on the little star icon to the right to adjust.

Home and Top Tweets

Depending on which one you’ve currently got you’ll see either of the following and you can click to revert.

Home versus Latest Tweets

Note that in the one on the left (above) it tells you that Twitter will keep returning you to ‘Top Tweets’ (“You’ll be switched back Home…”) whether you like it or not. You can see why many users find this to be irritatingly presumptuous. I never want to see the top Tweets first and always want to see them in reverse chronological order.

2. The feed auto refreshes meaning stuff jumps around more
I follow a lot of people on Twitter though I suspect I may have to unfollow a few after 1 June to make Twitter usable because my home timeline is now more like a firehouse of rapidly updating tweets.

On old Twitter if you’ve been away or haven’t refreshed the page for a while then the tweets that have been sent in the interim appear in a bunch at the top – you click it and they are displayed. In the example pics below I’ve had 1 new notification and 6 new Tweets appeared on my home timeline.

A Twitter notification to tell me I've had one new notification

A Twitter notification to tell me there are six new tweets to see on my home timeline

I prefer this system because it means I can pause Twitter and do something else but my place is retained when I return. Not so with this new system.

Still to test: what happens when a tweet is sent and deleted.
On old Twitter if you’ve not refreshed the page you can scroll through the timeline and would still see tweets that may have been sent then deleted, so can take a screenshot. I’m not sure if the tweet will be wiped out with this new system (I once captured a forensically useful reply that someone sent to me (relating to a Trading Standards case I was involved in) which they promptly deleted after thinking better of it but was by then too late).

3. Twitter shows likes and unrelated replies
This is possibly less about the new layout and more about the functionality. It seems that Twitter wants to show you more tweets in your timeline. I’ve guessed that this may be because they tend to show a promoted / advert tweet around once every 10 tweets so the more tweets in your timeline the more adverts can appear.

I never saw these “X replied to Y” or “A liked B’s tweet” until April 2020 so I’m not sure if this is a consequence of the Good Twitter add-on failing, or a failure of the other options that I’d implemented (see number 4 in the list here).

3a. Likes
When someone retweets a Tweet they intend for it to appear in their followers’ timeline. When they like a tweet they might not particularly want to do that. Showing someone’s likes in the timeline treats that like as it if had been a retweet, and confuses the sharing intention between likes (no) and RTs (yes), and also inflates the timeline with more tweets. Liking a tweet has always been a semi-public act in that you can visit anyone’s likes page to see all the tweets they’ve liked (eg mine) so this is particularly pointless.

There seems to be no option to switch it off (eg “never show me anyone’s likes in my timeline”) and the only way to solve it seems to be to repeatedly give negative feedback (“I don’t like this” / “Not relevant”) or block the person whose tweet was liked (you’ll never see anyone else like one of their tweets!) which is a ridiculous state of affairs. You have to keep doing this every time it happens until it stops (for how long I don’t know).

Of course some people will enjoy seeing what the people they follow are interacting with but it puts me off liking tweets (knowing that it may find its way into someone’s timeline).

3b. Replies
I’ve started blocking people that I don’t follow whose tweets began appearing in my timeline with a reply from someone that I do follow. If I want to see someone’s conversations I can click on the Tweets & Replies option on their profile. In general I don’t really care if they’re having a conversation with someone that I don’t know, unless they (or someone else) chooses to RT it into my timeline. Doing that is someone’s active choice (“hey please look at this”) and is fine but having random conversations presented to me algorithmically is irritating.

Back in about 2011 / 2012 Twitter brought in an option to see (or not see) conversations between two or more people that you followed. Having the choice was nice but then they removed that option and now every time anyone replies to anyone (and you follow both) you may see the conversation pop up. Having to contend with conversations among people you don’t follow seems an irritation too far.

The lack of option to switch it off means that people who are very chatty in replies but less so in broadcast are likely to be annoying lots of people generally if there’s a high number of shared followers. The mute option is available but it seems a shame that you can’t tell Twitter you only want to see their broadcast tweets and not their chit-chat. Muting people you follow means you’ll only see tweets from them if they mention you. It’s not a great system for chatty people (eg me!).

4. Everything takes up more space
Tweets with images in seem larger, but inconsistently so. More investigation needed.

Further reading
Lawrence Abrams “Twitter warns of legacy site theme shutting down on June 1” (8 May 2020) Bleeping Computer

u/frogspa “Legacy” twitter shutting down on 1st June (8 May 2020) Reddit

 

u/Skeleton_Warrior Has To Be Possible To Keep Legacy Twitter Post-June 1st (8 May 2020) Reddit

Here are the search results for the phrase “This is the legacy version of twitter.com.” – you can see that people haven’t greeted the news with much enthusiasm!

This is the search results link copied from Legacy Twitter:
https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&q=%22This%20is%20the%20legacy%20version%20of%20twitter.com.%22&src=typd

and from ‘New Twitter’:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%22this%20is%20the%20legacy%20version%20of%20twitter.com%22&src=typed_query&f=live

How to create a clickable image for WordPress dot com sidebars

If you look to the right of this post (less easy if you’re on a phone!) you’ll see The Trussell Trust’s logo and an invitation to click it, which will take you to their donation page. That’s what I mean by a ‘clickable image’ in a sidebar. Here’s how to do it.

These instructions may well work for WordPress dot org and other websites too but I’ve never owned a self-hosted one to be able to test it. Some organisations create their own shareable ‘buttons’ which are made from a short piece of code – you insert that bit of code into your website and it pings into a little clickable button when you publish. In the absence of (a) that bit of code and also (b) the ability to tinker with code in a WP dot com blog here’s an alternative.

You will need

  • An image that people will click on.
    If you don’t have one you can create something in PowerPoint or Word and save it as an image. Don’t pinch one off the internet unless it’s an official logo where it’s OK to use for this purpose (also don’t imply that they endorse your website).
  • A web address to link the image to so that when someone clicks it they’ll go there
  • A WordPress dot com blog, and to be logged in (go to wordpress.com to do that)

Instructions

  1. Save your image with a sensible name. You can either upload it in advance to your media page (add /wp-admin/upload.php to the end of your wordpress blog name) or do that during the process
  2. Visit your widgets page (add /wp-admin/widgets.php to the end of your blog name), look among the available widgets for Image (Ctrl+F image will speed that up).
  3. Click on the down-arrow next to it, then choose its location (on my blog it’s Sidebar or nothing) and click Add Widget
  4. Your Image widget will now appear in the editable Sidebar to the right of all the widget options – it’ll be added to the bottom but you can move it by clicking and dragging.
  5. Click on Add Image which will take you to your Media Library. You can drag and drop an image here to upload and use one, or select one that you’ve previously added. You can also edit the image (eg add a caption if you want, try stuff out)
  6. Where it says ‘Link to’ add the web address of the page you want people to go to when they click on the image.
  7. Give it a title (in my own example it says “If you’ve found this useful, please make a donation to a Food Bank – here’s one“), then click save
  8. Visit your blog’s homepage and check it’s as it should be – below are some photos of what things look like as you’re doing this.

 

01 Image widget among other widgets
01 Image widget among other widgets

 

02 Click on down arrow on Image widget to add to sidebar
02 Click on down arrow on Image widget to add to sidebar

 

03 Edit the Image widget in situ
03 Edit the Image widget in the sidebar

 

04 The completed Image widget

05 The finished published Image widget

This post is adapted from a post I wrote on my main blog – I’m gradually transferring the techy posts from there to here.

 

How to create ‘page jumps’ aka bookmarks / anchor tags in HTML on WordPress dot com

Following on from How to create bookmarks / anchor tags on Google Docs documents here’s how to do pretty much the same thing, but in HTML on a WordPress dot com website (or indeed on any website, will work for WordPress dot org sites too).

This post is an aide memoire for me, made public in case anyone else will find it useful. I’m using the ‘old’ editor on WordPress dot com, here are the instructions if you are using the newer blocks version (I don’t like it so haven’t made the jump and so needed to find the HTML way of doing this).

Here’s what the links look like, separate from other content on the HTML view of a page.

Screenshot 2020-04-15 01.28.13

Written below as text, but with spaces to stop it from becoming live code

[2] < a  href = ” # target  ” > link < / a >
[1] < a  name = ” target “> < / a >

The tag in [1] is done first and creates the anchor / target / bookmark at the point where you want to jump.
Then [2] is then created as a link and you need to know the target name before you can do that.

You can create multiple of these jumps / anchors / bookmarks in one post, just need to give each pair a new name each time.

Notes
In [1] the < / a > ending goes right next to the < a name = … > bit, usually this type of HTML goes around something to hyperlink it.
In [2] it’s an HREF, not NAME as in [1] and it needs the #symbol.

Here’s how [2] looks in context on a work-related blog post. Each < T D > denotes data in a table, there are three columns in one row (< T R >) in this example.

And here’s one of the target examples from [1], in context

 

 

 

How to create bookmarks / anchor tags on Google Docs documents

Sometimes you want to link within a document so that when you click a link you leap to the relevant bit without having to scroll, this can easily be done in Google Docs using the Bookmark facility. On web pages it’s usually known as anchors.

The thing buried at the bottom of your document that you will bookmark is ‘the pointee’ and the link in your table of contents that points to it is ‘the pointer’. The pointer points to the pointee 🙂

Quick ‘tl;dr’ instructions

  1. Select your Pointee (the bit of area you want to point to), click Insert » Bookmark
  2. Select Pointer (text that will hyperlink to it), click Insert » Link and expand the Bookmarks section, to select your bookmark. Done!
  3. An example here: make a copy of this document to edit and try it yourself.

 

Detailed instructions with pictures

  1. Select the text of the Pointee. It could just be the first word in a heading or paragraph, or a full sentence.
    01 Select the Pointee
  2. From the menu at the top click Insert » Bookmark, it will then have a little blue flag next to it.
  3. Select the text of the Pointer. That could be a word or phrase in a table of contents, or any word or phrase that you want to make clickable so that clicking it takes the reader to the pointe04 Select the text of The Pointer
  4. Click Insert » Link, then expand the Bookmarks sections (it’ll have just one bookmark in it for now) and select the one you’ve previously created. Click Apply.
    05 Insert a Link
    06 Expand the Bookmarks
    07 Click Apply
  5. Go to your pointer, click on its new link, it will pop up a “where you’re going to be taken to” tiny window, click on the link again and off you go.
    08 Click the Pointer link
  6. Try it out yourself, make a copy of this document and edit it.

 

 

 

It doesn’t seem to be possible to send Tweets-with-images to Instagram (easy in reverse)? Can it be done?

Is it possible to post a Tweet and have it appear automatically on Instagram and have the tweeted image show up in Instagram too?1 If so, how?

A friend wanted to know if it’s possible / straightforward to post a Tweet (that contains an image) and have it appear on Instagram (with image showing). I spent some time trying to set it up for her and not succeeding. After reasonably extensive searching on Google, forums, Quora, IFTTT (for a ready-made recipe) and looking at blog posts highlighting potential workarounds etc we drew a blank and it seems that it’s not a straightforward thing. We’re not technical enough to faff about with Twitter’s API. We also assume we can’t be the first people to have tried this.

Instagram to Twitter
It is easy to do the reverse (Instagram to Twitter) but you need a third party intermediate, like IFTTT (If This Then That), for an image to show up in the tweet itself because Twitter doesn’t naturally show Instagram pictures as pictures2 just as links.

A tweeted picture of beautiful pink tulips posted via Instagram linked to Twitter via IFTTT

Above: this is a screenshot of the tweet linked below (in case it renders incorrectly on any given browser). It shows a picture appearing in the tweet and a link to view the pic on Instagram.

I’d assumed it would be straightforward to reverse the IFTTT ‘recipe’ so that a posted tweet could be reposted at Instagram (but only where a particular hashtag was used, to prevent all my friend’s tweets appearing as Instaposts!).

The reason she wanted to do it from Instagram to Twitter is in part because she prefers to use a laptop and you cant upload an image to Instagram from a laptop (also it’s easier to type the accompanying text with a keyboard). Also Insta to Twitter via IFTTT truncates part of the message if too long.

I use IFTTT as the intermediary between Twitter and Instagram so that every photo I post to Instagram is automatically tweeted out and, importantly, shows up as an image and not just as a link. Without using IFTTT you can connect Twitter to Instagram (eg directly from your phone’s settings) and the same will happen, but no photo will appear.

Footnotes

1 I think this wouldn’t be possible if the tweet contained a link because links in Twitter only show up as an image if the Twitter Card has been set up (you can check any link with Twitter’s Card Validator). Instagram is a different platform and doesn’t support Twitter cards anyway (see [2]).

2 “Last week [written in 2012], Facebook-owned Instagram decided to turn off support for Twitter Card functionality for its photos. Basically, you would no longer see the full images; rather, you’d see a cropped version.” TechCrunch). Without a third party app you just see a link to view the post on Instagram, with the app you see a picture in the tweet.

How to create a Twitter Moment from yours or others’ tweets – it’s a bit like Storify

atl;dr – gathering a bunch of Tweets onto a single page for ease of reading and sharing, via a web browser (don’t think you can do this on a phone).

Note, the instructions below are for using “#NewTwitter” (which has been around for some time now). If you are using the Good Twitter browser add-on to make your Twitter look the same as it did before they rolled out the new look then you can use Twitter’s instructions (which are now slightly out of date) and you will stil be able to create a new Moment from the down arrow to the right of any tweet, which New Twitter doesn’t enable.

  1. Open the moments editing window
  2. Create a new moment
  3. Add in content
    This is where you can also create a private moment that’s visible only to people who have the link.
  4. Using search to find tweets
    1. 4a. Using search to find older tweets
    2. 4b. Finding tweets that quote tweet another tweet (ie not replies)
  5. Adding tweets
    1. 5a. Adding a tweet to your moment
    2. 5b. Adding a tweet via its link
  6. Ordering the tweets in your moment
  7. Adding images to your moment
  8. Publish or save your moment for later
  9. Edit your moment after publishing
  10. Delete your moment
  11. Finding a tweet’s link / URL

Background
We don’t have Storify anymore, there are alternatives but nothing works as well as Storify did. Twitter’s own version is… adequate (and you can only collect tweets whereas Storify let you add in anything that could be embedded).

Isn’t it just the same as a thread?
Yes-ish, but it’s all on one page and you don’t have to click to view other tweets that Twitter’s randomly hidden.

What will you collect?
Just tweets. You might use this to collect together some of your own tweets, other people’s tweets that you’ve favourited or a bunch of tweets on a topic. You can also add the tweet by its link / URL (that’s very helpful) so if it’s an older tweet you can search for it first using Twitter’s  advanced search and copy the link / URL into your Moment. (See detailed bit on [Finding a tweet’s link / URL] below).

So in the absence of Storify re-appearing, here’s how to use Moments.

Instructions
1. Open the Moments editing window
Open the Moments editing window by clicking on the blue circle with 3 dots below your avatar, then click on Moments in the menu that pops up. You can also access it by changing my name to yours in this link https://twitter.com/JoBrodie/moments

Open the Moment editing window

If you’re using the Good Twitter add-on you’ll still have a Moments tab so you can access it that way.

2. Create a new moment
You’ll see your Moments page (mine shows two Moments I’ve previously created) and the ‘create new moment’ icon is highlighted with a yellow arrow.

The Moments landing page

3. Add in content
At the top of the new page the blue bar lets you sort tweets by oldest or newest first, and lets you save [Finish later] or [Publish]. You can re-find your partially completed Moment by following Instruction #1 above. The [••• More] option on the left lets you mark if your Moment will contain sensitive material and you can also choose to share your location with Twitter (or not) though your location is not published. You can also create a private moment with the ‘Make Moment link only’ which you can then share with people privately and it won’t be published on your profile or show up to people who don’t have the link.

Starting your Moment on Twitter

Give your moment a title and description. Once you’ve added a few tweets you’ll be able to select one that has a photo to do the [Set cover] option in the middle, or you can upload an image (here are some free ones from Pixabay).

The Add Tweets to your Moment panel at the bottom has four options:

  1. Tweets you’ve liked (your favorites) – this is the default option so you’ll just see your favourites and can click on the tick symbol next to any you want to add
  2. Tweets from a particular account (could be your own) – start typing the name of an account and when it appears in the autosuggest pop-up click on it
  3. Tweets that you find via search – you can use operators like from:username or to:username to narrow things down. You could also create a search string in advanced search and copy it into the search box.
  4. Tweets where you know its link / URL – you could also use Twitter’s  advanced search and copy the tweet’s link into the Moment (see [Finding a tweet’s link / URL] below). Once you have the link just paste it in to the box, pressing enter will add it to the moment (unless it’s already there in which case the option is greyed out).

4a. Using search to find older tweets
If the tweet you’re after doesn’t show up with a basic search (or if the tweet is quite old) you might need to hunt for it using search operators in the Moment’s search bar to target it. For example this would bring up all the tweets I sent mentioning biscuits in 2017 »biscuits from:jobrodie since:2017-01-01 until:2017-12-31« (see the results for this search).

You can run the search either in Twitter’s moments and add the tweets from there, or in the main Twitter search bar and copy the link into the moment.

4b. Finding tweets that quote tweet another tweet
People often quote tweet a tweet rather than reply to it, which means that not all responses will show up as replies or in the thread. You can check if a tweet has been quote tweeted by searching Twitter for its link, just put the whole URL (eg https:// twitter .com / username / status/ 0123456789 without spaces) into Twitter’s search and press enter. All the tweets that have quote tweeted it will show up (quote tweeting is logically identical to writing a tweet and pasting in another tweet’s link). See instruction #11 for how to find a tweet’s link in its timestamp.

5a. Adding a Tweet to your Moment
The tick symbol next to any tweet will let you add it to the Moment. In the picture below I’ve added the second tweet which emerged when I ran the targeted search for tweets I’d sent in 2017 about biscuits (!).

Adding a Tweet to a Moment using the Tick symbol.png

5b. Adding a tweet via its link
The link / URL of the other biscuit-themed tweet is below…

https://twitter.com/JoBrodie/status/909517501297577984

…pasting that into the

Add tweets to a moment by their link 1 of 2.png

Add tweets to a moment by their link 2 of 2.png

If Tweet is already there you get this alert.png

If you try and add a tweet that’s already there it’ll let you know.

6. Ordering the tweets in your moment
You can also use the up and down arrows to re-order the tweets in your moment but use the option at the top of the page if you want to re-order the whole thing in chronological (or reverse chronological) order. You can remove any tweet from your moment by clicking on the X next to it.

Move up or down with the arrows and delete with the X.png

7. Adding images to your Moment
Click on the Set Cover button near the top of the page. If your moment contains tweets with images then these pictures will show up and you can pick one. There’s also the + option to upload an image from your computer.

Set Cover image 1 of 2.png

Set Cover image 2 of 2 - uploading an image.png

Once you’ve chosen your cover image you’ll likely be immediately taken to an editing page and given the option to create cropped versions for people viewing on mobiles or tablets. You can move the image around in the panel on the left and you’ll see what it will look like cropped in the view on the right. Fiddle about with it until you’re happy, then press Apply. Or choose not to crop it for mobile (I’m not really sure what happens in that case!).

On the main Moment page you can also select any other images and crop them, the icon looks like this –

Crop for mobile.png

8. Publish or save your Moment for later
Once you’ve had enough Moment-ing you can either publish it or save it for later. Publishing just means that it’s visible to everyone else if they happen to look at your Moments page (mine’s https://twitter.com/JoBrodie/moments). A suggested tweet will appear inviting you to share this fact to your followers – it’s editable, or deletable / ignorable if you don’t want to publish it.

If you come back to publishing it later, go to your Moments page, click on the Moment you want to publish, look for three of these ••• to the right of its title, click on that and EDIT is the second option. That lets you edit and then publish your Moment.

At this point Twitter might suggest that you crop any images you’ve missed, for mobile viewers, or you can ignore that suggestion and publish anyway.

Twitter may ask you to crop other images if not already done before publishing the moment but you can ignore it.png
You can ignore and publish anyway.

Ready to publish your moment.png

Share this moment - it is optional.png
Once you’ve pressed ‘Publish’ (see pic above) an optional, editable tweet is presented to you which you can amend and send or dismiss with the X if you don’t want to share it (unless you’ve made it a secret moment it will be publicly visible on your Moments profile though).

9. Edit your moment after publishing
You can also edit a Moment retrospectively and it will be updated in real time. Follow Step #1 to bring up your list of moments, click on the moment you want to edit and look for the three dots •••, you will find Edit (also Delete) among the options.

Three dots.png

Delete or edit a moment.png

Click Edit and you will be taken to the editing window and there’ll be an alert to remind you that any changes you make are automatically updated.

Editing moment - alert.png

10. How to delete a moment
As for #9 but choose Delete instead of Edit. You can’t undo it (though deleting it doesn’t delete any of the original tweets so you can remake it).

11. Finding a tweet’s link / URL
Any Tweet’s URL / link can be found in its timestamp. In the pic below you can right-click on the time-since-tweet-sent link highlighted by a green pointer and use the browser option to copy the link location, then paste it into the relevant bit in instruction #5b. Twitter has its own thing, in the down-arrow menu highlighted by a yellow pointer, which lets you embed the tweet. That opens up a new tab and auto-scrolls down the page to a section on embedding, but if you scroll back upwards you can copy and paste the link written plainly and in full. The green arrow version is much quicker (and many things will let you embed a tweet just from its link alone, without needing a bit of code – but if you need the code you can find it there).

Where to get the URL for a Tweet - timestamp or down arrow

Happy Moment-ing!

I came across this fairly random biscuit tweet of mine which I thought I’d end with 🙂