In a recent development, Microblogging social website Twitter has now added a new HTML widget which will offer the users a scrollable timeline interface displaying tweets and also allowing the option to respond to the tweets from within the widget itself.
The new feature will be fully interactive — allowing viewers to click for a direct link to the source as well as favorite, reply, or retweet right from the embedded box.
“Whether it’s an author’s Tweets alongside their blog, a hashtag about an event like #DNC2012, or a list of competitors at the US Open, Tweets add a live, real-time dimension to articles, news reports, and the web at large,” Twitter writes on its blog. “These new embeddable timelines enable publishers, writers, developers, and any Twitter user to drop a rich, interactive piece of Twitter into their websites.”
How to embed Twitter timelines on your website?
Step 1: To avail the following feature, users will need to log in to their Twitter accounts.
Step 2:Customize your Twitter timeline by going to the settings page on your account.
Step 3:Under widgets, you can add the Twitter timeline by clicking on 'Create New.'
Step 4: Then create a widget according to you preference of hashtags, or your favorites or lists.
Step 5: When created copy and paste the code into the HTML of your site.
Please note: The updates will appear in real-time hence unclear hashtags may show inappropriate content and tweets.
Here is an example of Gizbot Twitter feed embedded into the post.
The embedded timeline feature are highly interactive allowing visitors on a particular site to respond, retweet and make selected tweets favorite without leaving the site. The auto-expand feature displays photos in the center of the timeline making the viewing all the more easy. Users will also be able to expand tweets like they do on the site using the widget. The new widget has been warmly welcomed by webmasters and bloggers who are viewing this upgrade as a much expected one from Twitter.