As we noted yesterday, Twitter has launched its new tool that allows you to easily embed tweets into a website or blog post. The tool, called Blackbird Pie, is a website that simply asks you for the URL of a tweet. Once you copy that in and hit “Bake it,” you get back a preview of how it will look on the web, and a box with the code you need in it.
“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,” writes Twitter.
A few nice things about the tool: 1) it picks up the styling of your own site. “Note that when you paste it into your site, the tweet will pick up some of your styling, e.g. the font-family you use on your tags. That’s intentional!,” Twitter writes (noting that it may change this). 2) It also copies over whatever background a person uses on Twitter. So in that regard, it is just like taking a screen grab. 3) The embeddable tweets actually look nicer than the one Twitter previewed yesterday on its media site.
While the embed code is a mess of inline elements right now, they promise shorter code is coming. They’re also asking that bug reports be tweeted at @twittermedia.
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