Twitter Lays Claim to the Tweet Button
By Virginia DeBolt on August 12, 2010
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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 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.
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