Twitter has finally launched its own Tweet button.
The ‘tweet this’ function has existed for years through third parties, but Twitter itself is now offering a button that can be embedded into blogs and news stories that will allow a direct connection to your Twitter account – counting the number of tweets to display within the button and Twitter’s ‘interest graphs’.
Facebook has had a similar button for ages, but unless you work in a high-tech environment, your Twitter social group is likely to be different to that within Facebook, so the articles that you’d want to share on the social networks may well be different.
For many, Facebook friends are school and university friends, colleagues, neighbours, sports team buddies, whereas Twitter followers tend to share an interest, since the social network is content-, rather than person-led. Realising this, Twitter has integrated a friend suggestion pane after you share an article with the ‘Tweet’ button, which recommends others who liked the link you just tweeted.
This video by @briggletweets explains how the button works:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB0hrJ_ZZzc]