Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Twitter tests feature that connects 140-character messages to longer form stories
Sunday, Twitter user Mikko Hypponen noticed that one of his tweets included a list of media sites where the tweet was embedded. The feature, entitled "embedded on these websites," lists the websites' names, includes article headlines, and links through to destination URLs, based on the screenshot shared by Hypponen.
Twitter declined to comment on the tweet addition, and the feature seems to be only available in limited release. In May, Twitter disclosed that it often tests variations of the tweet form factor to gauge users' preferences around supplemental tweet details.
Articles with embedded tweets certainly qualify as part of a tweet's universe. Should Twitter roll out the feature more widely, it could become a valuable tool that helps users track down and make sense of news related to breaking news or celebrity outbursts.
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