Twitter Shows Embeddable Tweet Example

    May 3, 2010
    Chris Crum

Update: Twitter has made an update to tha post saying, "No, really. It’s very simple. Just a snippet of code you’ll be able to use to generate simple, selectable flat-HTML tweets like the one we used here."

Original Article:Twitter has a post up on its Media blog today talking about the use of tweets in articles. Basically, the company appears to be completely in favor of journalists and bloggers inserting tweets to articles (even pasting them in as images).

However, the company also claims to have a better way to do it, and that way will be revealed tomorrow. Twitter says a pasted-in image of a tweet is "a bit of a hack," adding, "We have a simple alternative to propose; it’s coming tomorrow."

One can only assume, as suggested here, that Twitter will indeed launch an embed feature (not unlike YouTube) to insert tweets with a snippet of code. It’s possible that Twitter could have something else in mind. Not all of the company’s ideas are entirely conventional, but that would make sense, would it not?

Tweets to be embeddable?

It would certainly make things easier for those of us who do like to cite Twitterers in articles. Twitter has been well established as a channel for breaking news, and where important figures may offer bits of news, wisdom, or other generally interesting nuggets of text. Making it as easy as possible to quote them is in the best interest for all involved.

In fact, Twitter talks about how its solution would ensure quotes are accurate. Nothing wrong with that.