Twitter Lays Claim to the Tweet Button

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Twitter will offer an official Tweet Button of its own. Mashable.com, scooped the news yesterday, Twitter announced it today.

The button works like existing and familiar tweet buttons. A click allows a user to share a URL on Twitter. The number of times the URL has been tweeted is counted.

Tweet buttons are nothing new. So how does Twitter hope to take over the market? The composition and posting of the tweet happens in place and, when complete, the user is still on the page. The counting of tweets is supposed to be more accurate with the Tweet Button. Perhaps more importantly, the page owner can suggest Twitter accounts to follow after the tweet is sent. Ease of use is also touted.

The button is added to a website with one line of code, according to a document published on Scribd. It is inserted in a site with a line of JavaScript. For sites where JavaScripts aren't allowed, the other method uses a bit of code creating an iframe. The document on Scribd tells how to insert and customize the button.

The button can be displayed in several ways, with out without the counter. A horizontal arrangement with the counter beside the button is 110 x 20 pixels. A vertical arrangement with the counter above the button is 55 x 63 pixels.

Speculation after Mashable released the story yesterday centered around whether the move was made in competition with TweetMeme or in cooperation with TweetMeme. That question was cleared up in the announcement:

We’re pleased to be working closely with the good folks at TweetMeme and, from here on out, they will be pointing to the Twitter Tweet Button.

The Twitter Blog has details about sites using the new Tweet Button starting today. Here's where to get it to add it to your own site.

Virginia DeBolt
Web Teacher | First 50 Words

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