It’s becoming a common thing. Sometimes the best quotes about something, be it an event, or a deal, or a product, come by way of Twitter. For a few years now, writers have been quoting tweets in posts, and sometimes even taking screenshots of the tweets just for added effect. Starting tomorrow, there will be an easier way to do that.
As Twitter notes on its Media blog, a new feature will launch tomorrow that will allow you to easily embed tweets into a blog post (or presumably, anywhere else). “But the truth, of course, is that a pasted-in image of a tweet is a bit of a hack. We have a simple alternative to propose; it’s coming tomorrow,” the post notes.
We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see these in action, but I imagine that it will indeed by much better than the screenshot approach. It would be great, for example, if all the links/names in these tweets were clickable so readers could trace information back to its source. A great example of that would be if a tweet is actually a reply to someone, and you could click on a “in reply to” link just as you can on Twitter.com to get some context.
I’m also going to assume these embeddable tweets won’t work for protected accounts.
Update: And judging from this post, this is how the embeddable tweets will look:
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