Twitter is rich, fertile ground for everything from the mundane and often stupid to the insightful and often helpful. The Twitter train makes all stops in between on that continuum of relevance and we are stuck with trying to determine just where someone else’s 140 character bit of wisdom fits. Oftentimes that can come in the form of using that tweet in a post or as a quote in some other content format.
Until today, if we wanted to put that tweet in our articles or posts we have needed to do it the old-fashioned way which is to copy and paste the image of the tweet. Twitter has taken the step to now make that easier to do. Twitter’s media page points to a ReadWriteWeb article that uses tweets to make its points about HP’s purchase of Palm for a prime example of the power of tweets as quotes.
Have you ever been quoted in a news article or blog post? If so, you know it can be a strange experience: you recognize your words, but they never sound quite right. It’s the peril of transcription.
That’s just one of a couple reasons we like ReadWriteWeb’s approach to covering HP’s acquisition of Palm. Take a look at the article; it’s simply a hyper-curated collection of smart tweets presented with useful context. Because Marshall Kirkpatrick literally pastes in the tweets he wants to showcase, their integrity is preserved perfectly.
Finally: quotes that everybody can agree on.
What the folks on the top of Mt. Twitter are passing down to the masses is the ability (enabled today supposedly) for people to create an HTML snippet to make it easier and more uniform for tweet usage. Twitter continues.
But the truth, of course, is that a pasted-in image of a tweet is a bit of a hack. We have a simple alternative to propose; it’s coming tomorrow.
Update: No, really. It’s very simple. Just a snippet of code you’ll be able to use to generate simple, selectable flat-HTML tweets like the one we used here.
Still waiting for details and seeing this “in the wild”. Has anyone been able to use this feature yet?