Connecting Twitter: Job board settings area
There are two methods for connecting idibu and Twitter for job posting:
- In the job board settings area
- During advert posting.
In this article we will look at connecting Twitter in the job board settings area. We will cover:
- Considerations before connecting idibu with Twitter
- First steps
- Obtaining the OAuth tokens
- Adding OAuth tokens to the default profile
- Adding OAuth tokens to groups and users
- Final steps
If you or a colleague prefer to connect your account during posting, take a look at this article. We'd generally only advise this if a user needs to connect their own personal account, or if they already have login access to a company account.
Considerations before connecting idibu with Twitter
In most cases, we find clients prefer just to connect one single company account to Twitter - but there is no reason why users can't connect and post to their own Twitter account as well, if that is required or preferred. For example, they may have a personal account they use for professional purposes and a strong following of candidates. In that scenario, the user can simply sign in during posting.
Alternatively, it might be that you have several professional accounts for different business areas, and so want to allocate those to different users or groups/subgroups which can easily be done following the steps below. It's also worth considering, particularly with your business account(s), whether this is a tool you should allocate selectively in that respect. We mention this because research has shown that over-posting advert content to Twitter can have an adverse affect on your Twitter following. In other words, you want to ensure you control your Twitter feed so you provide a blend of content for your followers; good informative content that is of interest to your target candidates, peppered with selected vacancy adverts that enhance your brand.
These steps follow the recommended path for connecting either a single company account, or several company accounts to different users, groups or subgroups. The benefit is that it negates the need for you to share professional twitter account logins with users who otherwise do not need access to the account(s).
1. Go to 'Settings' and click on 'Board subscriptions'.
2. If you don't see Twitter in your list of subscribed boards, then type Twitter into the board search field and select it from the drop down list.
3. As you are taken into the Twitter board settings area, you will see a pop up appear explaining how you obtain your OAuth tokens to connect and authorise your Twitter account for use with idibu.
i. Click the link to open this in a new tab.
ii. Then tick the box next to 'I've read this and understood it!', then click 'Got it!'
4. If you don't see the pop up, or have closed it, then don't worry - simply click 'view more' at the top of the page to open up these details and access the link again.
Obtaining the OAuth tokens
1. Having clicked the link above, you will see the idibu Twitter OAuth page open on a new tab. Click where it says 'Click here' to begin the authorisation and connection process.
2. You will be taken to the idibu authorisation page. All you need to do here is input the username or email, and password of the Twitter account you wish to connect.
3. When you've typed these in, click 'Authorise app'.
4. If you typed in the username of the account in the previous step, you may be asked to also verify the email address for the Twitter account. Type this in then click 'Submit'.
5. You will now be taken to the idibu Twitter OAuth page. Here you will see two long codes in bold type marked 'OAuth token' and 'OAuth token secret'.
6. You can copy each of these directly into the idibu settings, but you might find it easiest to copy and paste them into word, notepad or something similar first.
Adding OAuth tokens to the default profile
1. In the default profile area, paste the 'OAuth token code' into the field marked 'OAuth token'.
2. Paste the 'OAuth token secret' code into the field marked 'OAuth token secret'.
Ensure you copy each code into the correct field, otherwise your accounts will not connect.
Adding OAuth tokens to groups and users
In the example above we have pasted our codes into the 'Default login profile' fields. As with posting to any job board, this means all users will have access and be able to post to this Twitter account. If you prefer to restrict access, or have multiple company accounts to connect then you can paste these codes into corresponding fields for either the Group or Subgroup...
...or even a specific user.
In the settings area at the top of the page, you can specify default tag(s), and other parameters for the content of the tweet.
You will also find the usual job board setting parameters at the bottom of the page, tailored for Twitter. When you are ready, click 'Save settings'.