The Twitter Button
In addition to tweeting your normal text, use Jing to also include a link to an image or video. This is a great way to enhance your short tweets with visual content.
To start using Jing with Twitter, you need to do two things. First, if you don't have a Twitter account, create one. Make note of your username and password. Next, create a Twitter button in Jing.
To create a Twitter button:
- Click More > Preferences.
- Click Customize Jing Buttons, and click the Twitter icon.
- Optional: Change the Button description (name).
- Click Get Twitter PIN. A Twitter webpage opens requesting that you allow Jing to access your Twitter account.
- Enter your username and password then click Allow. (Username and password will not appear if you are already signed in to Twitter.) Twitter generates a custom PIN that adds a little more security and connects your Jing application with your account.
- Copy the PIN to your clipboard.
Note: This generated PIN is a unique number only used for this session. You will need to obtain a new PIN for each computer on which you have Jing installed.
- Return to Jing, and paste your PIN into the field provided. Jing does not respond to the Alt + tab (Windows) or Command + Tab (Mac) keystroke command. If you lose Jing, look in the Taskbar on Windows or try mousing over the Jing sun on Mac.
- Click Authorize. After a short delay, the dialog will update with your Twitter account information and you should be authorized.
Note: You may notice the dialog is updated to display the Screencast.com account associated with this button. Your captures will be hosted here, but if you want to host them on a different Screencast.com account, you can do that too.
- Click Save.
- Close the Customize Jing Button dialog(s).
To tweet with Jing:
- Capture an image or record a video as you usually would.
- Click the Twitter button in the Jing Preview Window. A Twitter dialog opens, and your content starts uploading in the background.
- Start typing your tweet. You don't have to wait for the upload to complete. When the content is finished uploading, Jing converts the Screencast.com URL into a shorter Bit.ly URL.
Note: If for some reason the URL cannot be converted (e.g. Bit.ly is down), Jing will use the original Screencast.com URL.
- Click the Tweet button. Your tweet is posted to your followers and anyone else in the world who might see it!