Twitter Cleans Up “Quote Tweet” & Tweet With Comment Functionality
Quoted tweets now display as embeds instead of text; changes are rolling out for iPhone and web users with Android "coming soon."
Adding a comment to a tweet just got a bit more convenient. Twitter announced today that it’s updating the “quote tweet” button in mobile apps and giving web users the option to add commentary to tweets they want to share.
Tweets shared in this way will be embedded and displayed as a Twitter-card style image. The change for mobile — which is rolling out now for iPhone users and “coming soon” to Android — means that when users hit the quote tweet button, they will no longer get a full dump of the tweet’s text in the compose window. Instead of having to squeeze in a comment, they will be able to append up to 116 characters of commentary.
The change for web users, which is also rolling out now, gives the option of adding a comment after hitting the retweet button:
Twitter is still working on display of such tweets. They display with the embed as intended on iOS, web and even the official Twitter Android app, but on Twitter for Mac and TweetDeck and tweets embedded on websites, they only show the comment with a link to the original tweet. Presumably, the company intends to standardize the look across all platforms, so we see …
… instead of:
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) April 7, 2015
For more information about the updates, see Twitter’s support page.
Postscript: A previous version of this post stated that the quote tweet button is rolling out to iOS devices. The feature is currently only available on iPhones.