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Twitter Launching Embeddable Tweets: PICTURE Of The New Feature

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First Posted: 07/03/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:20 PM ET

UPDATE 5/4/2010: Twitter has taken the wraps off of its new, embeddable tweet feature, Blackbird Pie.

You can try it for yourself here-- just copy and paste the URL for a static tweet and then "bake it."

Twitter says of the new tool, "The origin of the script is both self- and user-centered. Mostly, we just think it’s a pain to take screen grabs of tweets. But of course we also think it’s a much better user experience to have @-mentions, hashtags and the account itself all linked and clickable."

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Twitter's media blog introduced a new feature coming Tuesday, May 4 that will allow users to embed tweets.

Currently, when quoting Twitter posts in blog entries, users must either copy and paste the tweet of interest, or post a screenshot of it (the latter, especially, is a time-consuming process.)

In a blog post foreshadowing the new tool, Twitter acknowledged this dilemma--"But the truth, of course, is that a pasted-in image of a tweet is a bit of a hack"--and teased the forthcoming solution: " We have a simple alternative to propose; it's coming tomorrow."

That "alternative" is embeddable tweets that will make it possible to embed Twitter posts the same way users currently embed YouTube videos. "Just a snippet of code you'll be able to use to generate simple, selectable flat-HTML tweets," Twitter writes (check out an example here.)

The screenshot below offers a preview of what an embedded tweet will look like. "The text can be selected and the links are live," Business Insider notes.


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