Twitter Rolls Out New Interactive Embeddable Timelines Tweet-Stream Tool

September 6, 2012 0

Los Angeles — Popular social micro-blogging network Twitter unveiled a new interactive feature that empowers users the ability to embed real-time customizable streams of tweets on their Web pages, the company said in a blog post today.

As a matter of fact, the tool delivers more personal and real-time content to your website without you having to put in much effort. The company writes:

“Today we are bringing Twitter and the Web closer together by launching new real-time tools for Web site developers,” Twitter developer advocate Sylvain Carle wrote in a blog post today. “With our new embedded timelines, you can place any public timeline on your Web site, connecting your readers with the Tweets that you and others create on Twitter.”


No matter, whether it is 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 prominence to articles, news reports, and the web at large. These new embeddable timelines enable publishers, writers, developers, and any Twitter user to drop a rich, interactive piece of Twitter into their websites.

And just as with embeddable tweets, users can effortlessly interact with the embedded timelines just like they would be able to do on Twitter.com. The way the tool works is that it lets users embed a stream of tweets to Web pages, rather than just single tweets or collections of tweets. What users select to embed is customizable. Within the stream, photos and media are expandable and people can follow, reply, retweet, and favorite from inside the “tweet box.”

“With one line of HTML you can deliver any account’s tweets, favorites, a list, search query or #hashtag directly to your website,” Carle wrote. “These new tools are built particularly for the Web: they load fast, scale with your traffic as your audience grows, update in real-time, and work great in modern, legacy, and mobile browsers.”

Anyways, news of the tweet-stream tool comes on the heels of Twitter’s official launch today of its new developer interface, which empower developers six months to conform to the company’s new, restrictive guidelines.

Finally, to create an embeddable timeline, you can do so from this new timeline settings page. More information can be found in Twitter’s developer documentation.