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How to automatically share new YouTube videos on Twitter

By Melanie Pinola · September 28, 2017
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If you frequently upload videos to YouTube, once you’ve published a new video, you’re probably ready to move onto the next. There's another step, though, if you want to get more views on your videos: Sharing them across social channels. Doing it manually can feel tedious and like a mundane distraction from the creative work you’d rather be doing. Now you can refocus on the projects you crave by using Zapier to automatically publish an image tweet for each YouTube video you publish.

Once you link your YouTube and Twitter accounts to Zapier, the job is easy. Just upload a new video and the tweet will generate on its own. You can even customize the text and the image so that each tweet looks exactly how you want it.

Keep reading to discover how Zapier can automatically post your new YouTube videos as image tweets on Twitter and save you the headache of doing it yourself. This Zap—our word for an automated workflow—is a time saver that's simple to set up:

Step 1: Log into Zapier

Click on the orange "Use this Zap" button above. Log into your Zapier account or create one for free if you don't already have one. Once you're logged in, you're ready to create your YouTube + Twitter Zap.

Step 2: View Your Zap's Trigger

You are now using the Zap editor, a tool which can help you create and customize your own automated workflows. First, the Zap editor shows you the Trigger for your Zap. This Trigger will get your Zap up and running, and in this instance your Trigger is a "New Video" on YouTube. Click "Continue."

Your YouTube and Twitter Zap

Step 3: Connect Your YouTube Account to Zapier

Click "Connect an Account" and sign in to the Google account associated with your YouTube channel in the pop-up window. Click "Save + Continue."

Select your YouTube account and connect to Zapier

Step 4: Customize Your Zap: Choose Which YouTube Channel To Link

Once you’ve linked your Google account, you will need to provide the username of your YouTube channel. To find that username, go to that channel, and find the name that comes after "user/" in the URL. If your YouTube account is tied to your Google Plus profile, your username is everything that comes before the "@gmail.com" in your email address. Click "Continue."

Provide your YouTube channel username

Zapier will then need to find a video from your YouTube channel as a sample. Click "Fetch & Continue." If the Zap is able to pull a video from your channel, you will see a "Test Successful!" message. You can click to view the data for your sample video and then press "Continue" to proceed to the next step: Link a Twitter account with your Zap.

Step 5: Connect Your Twitter Account

Next, you will see the action the Zap will take each time you upload a new video to YouTube. This Zap will automatically create an image tweet and post it on your Twitter account. Click "Continue."

View your Twitter action

You will now need to link your Twitter account to Zapier by pressing "Connect an Account." Log into your Twitter account in the pop-up window, then click "Save + Continue."

Login to your Twitter account

Step 6: Customize Your Zap: Create A Template For Your Twitter Image Posts

Now's the fun part. You can design your own Twitter image posts template that will dictate how each tweet will automatically appear when a new YouTube video is uploaded to your channel.

First, you will create the content of your tweet. Your Zap uses the data from the sample YouTube video as an example. The example auto-populates with the title and URL video as the text for your tweet. You can either keep the format as is, or change it up according to your taste—type a standard message that can be applied to all your videos. You can also add in extra elements from your video by clicking the insert button on the right of the editor.

Customize the content of your tweet

Your next step will be choosing the type of image from your YouTube video that will automatically post with your tweet. The example automatically includes a high quality thumbnail ("Thumbnails High URL") from each new video.

Choose your YouTube thumbnail image for Twitter

For simplicity, keep this as is. However, if you’d prefer, you can also choose a different size and resolution of thumbnail. Click the insert button on the right of the editor to pick from several options: maximum resolution ("Thumbnails Maxres URL"), standard ("Thumbnails Standard URL"), medium ("Thumbnails Medium URL") or default ("Thumbnails Default URL"). Unless you want the same image to appear more than one on each tweet, be sure to only link a single thumbnail type.

Step 7: Test Your Zap and See Your Automatic Tweet in Action

Your new Zap will give you a preview of the tweet for your sample YouTube video. If you’re happy with the preview, click "Create & Continue."

Test your sample tweet

Your Zap should now post a tweet to your Twitter account featuring the sample YouTube video. If the process worked, you will see a "Test Successful!" message. Check your Twitter account and you should see the example tweet posted and ready to be seen by all your followers! If it looks good, click the "Finish" button.

Your Zap created an automatic tweet

Step 8: Turn Your Zap On

Make sure your Zap is set to post to Twitter for you by toggling the switch to "On." Then click "See it on your Dashboard" and add it to a folder so that you can find it next time you log into Zapier. Once that’s all done, your Zap is ready to go!

The Zap is on

Whenever you upload a new video to YouTube, your Zap will now tweet an image and the message you’ve created to your Twitter account. Go on and make more videos and watch the tedious work magically done for you by Zapier!

Have questions? You can read about solutions to common problems in our help documentation or feel free to contact us.

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Melanie Pinola

Melanie Pinola is a NY-based writer. Besides trying out new productivity systems, she enjoys cooking, playing video games with her family, and traveling. Follow her at @melaniepinola.

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