I can't use twitter cards because of internationalization and hashtag issues



My website is http://taoscopy.com which provides comments on the I Ching in French and English. So, whenever I update a comment I post on twitter with the accounts @Taoscopy (linked to http://taoscopy.com/en) and @Taoscopie (linked to http://taoscopy.com/fr). They are submitted to the hashtags #iching (en) and #yijing (fr). The update rate is variable but there are several updates a month.

I’m organized that way because the users don’t want to read French tweets if they are English speaking and vice-versa.

Now, I’ve been testing twitter cards, I’ve tried the French side first and it validated http://taoscopy.com with @Taoscopie. When I tried with @Taoscopy it told me the site was already validated.

So the result is that I can post summaries with @Taoscopie but not with @Taoscopy, either with the metas ‘twitter:creator’ or ‘twitter:site’.

Since the English users don’t want to see French language tweets I can only post summaries in French only, otherwise they would suscribe to @Taoscopie instead of @Taoscopy and everyone would be confused. But, whenever I add the hashtag #yijing or #iching to the tweet then the tweet is not visible for these tags, so these cards are totally useless to me.

So, I have removed twitter cards from my site and will continue to copy-paste the updates from the site.

Thanks for your attention.


Hi Taoscopy,

A card is tied to a domain, not a Twitter account. That is why you are getting the “card already validated” message. Anyone who tweets a URL to your domain will have a summary card attached to their tweet.

Since your URLs for each language are unique (http://taoscopy.com/en/doc/understanding-the-oracles-answer/ and
http://taoscopy.com/fr/doc/comprendre-la-reponse-de-loracle/ go to the same article, but are in different languages), you should be able to place the language specific meta tags on each page without an issue.

I see that your site is built on Wordpress though, so if you are using a plugin for Cards instead of implementing them yourself, please let me know so that we can investigate if that’s the reason for any restrictions in functionality.


Hello Jon,

Thanks for checking the issue. I removed the metas because I didn’t think someone would look into it. So, I have replaced them and made another test. It is weird because I get different results than before!

Here are the urls for the French and English pages:

Here are the metas for the French page:

<meta name="twitter:card" content="summary">
<meta name="twitter:site" content="@Taoscopie">
<meta name="twitter:creator" content="@Taoscopie">
<meta name="twitter:title" content="Hexagramme 55 Trait 4">
<meta name="twitter:description" content="On est appelé à poursuivre les vérifications.">
<meta name="twitter:image" content="http://taoscopy.com/fr/tirage.php?tirage=787988&echelle=10">

Here are the metas for the English page:

<meta name="twitter:card" content="summary">
<meta name="twitter:site" content="@Taoscopie">
<meta name="twitter:creator" content="@Taoscopy">
<meta name="twitter:title" content="Hexagram 55 Line 4">
<meta name="twitter:description" content="One is called to continue the checks.">
<meta name="twitter:image" content="http://taoscopy.com/en/tirage.php?tirage=787988&echelle=10">

So, I have twitted these pages, respectively with @Taoscopy and @Taoscopie, the result was that I got @Taoscopie to display correctly with the image but no summary with @Taoscopy. Now the result is that I get @Taoscopy display a summary without the image and @Taoscopie does not show the summary.

Here are the tweets:



Obviously, I need to remove the twitter:site tag to avoid the confusion between @Taoscopie and @Taoscopy, would that work without it? When I tried the other day it didn’t but it seems that I can’t get reliable results now.

Thanks again,

Dominique Lorre


Also, I’m not using a plugin, I added the twitter cards directly to my theme.


Alright, the summaries have appeared after I rebooted my computer, it seems that there can be a long delay between the creation of the tweet and the apparition of the summary, issue solved on my side. Thanks.



Glad to hear it, Dominique! The attachment of a card should be immediate, although sometimes there is an unexpected delay. Usually a person tweeting from Twitter.com will have to refresh their browser to see a card attached to a tweet that was just added to their timeline. However, all followers should immediately see the card without a problem.