Twitter to offer embeddable tweets

Twitter is planning to launch a feature later today that will enable bloggers and other web sites operators to embed other people's tweets in their pages.

The company blogged that it will offer small snippets of code that can be embedded in order to show the entire tweet, metadata, warts and all, without the need to take a screen grab.

“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,” Twitter wrote recently.

The primary advantage over a simple copy-and-paste, we assume, is removing the need to clutter each Twitter quote with multiple uses of the word [sic].

The code also includes links back to the original tweet and to the user, allowing Twitterers to more easily pick up followers if they find themselves quoted in news stories.