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New Twitter Tricks, and Old Problems Fixed ~ LockerGnome

December 13, 2011

’m sure by now that you’ve noticed that Twitter has released a new design that makes the microblogging service more like a social network. The new design, dubbed new new Twitter, features three sections that organize the different parts of the service to help users connect with and follow people similar to them while providing an experience into the latest trending topics. This new new Twitter experience can be overwhelming for users just getting used to the last design, but we’ve got your guide on mastering this new Twitter and finding all the secrets hidden away.

Embedding tweets has long been a proprietary functionality that many blogs had to overcome when including them in blog posts. Normally you would take a screen shot of the individual tweet and then upload it to the blogging service. This is both time consuming and can cut into your disk space limit. For those on the very popular blogging service WordPress, there’s a plugin called Blackbird Pie that enables bloggers to embed interactive tweets and save disk space. Unfortunately, this is only available on WordPress, so other blogging services are not supported with this kind of embedding. Twitter’s new release does away with other developers’ ways of embedding tweets and brings one unified method to the table. By embedding tweets the Twitter way, they become interactive so that viewers can actively follow, retweet, favorite, and reply to a specific tweet from directly inside the webpage on which it was embedded. With Twitter’s new embed methods, services like Blackbird Pie and even Storify will be challenged.



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