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twitter_web_intentsMost blog or website owners have at least one “Tweet Button“, if not more, located on their site. This social button, encourages readers to share content through re-tweeting site pages or posts, to hopefully attract new blog readers and website visitors. However, up until this point, that is all a person could do with this social tool, that is until today.

Twitter developers have come up with a new app called, Web Intents. This latest app, makes it possible for users to interact with Twitter content directly on a website or blog. The app provides popup-optimized flows for users to interact: Tweet, Reply, Retweet, Favorite, and Follow. It is important to note that ‘Web Intents” seem to only be effective with the official Twitter Tweet Button and cannot be used with buttons like the Topsy retweet button, etc., as of yet, if at all.

Web Intents automatically detect if a user is logged into Twitter and provides those not yet with a Twitter account, the option to sign-up. No longer will readers or visitors have to leave a website or blog, or authorize a new connection to Twitter, for interaction. Other pluses, it is easy for developers to implement, and is mobile friendly.

How To Set Up ‘Web Intents’ on a Website Or Blog

To set up Web Intents onto your website or blog, you first need to add a line of Javascript:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script>

Each Web Intent has it’s own code that must be added to your site in order for it to work:

Retweet:

<p><a href="http://twitter.com/intent/retweet?tweet_id=51113028241989632">Retweet</a></p>

Reply:

<p><a href="http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?in_reply_to=51113028241989632">Reply</a></p>

Favorite:

<p><a href="http://twitter.com/intent/favorite?tweet_id=51113028241989632">Favorite</a></p>

Follow:

<a href=”http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=USER NAME”>

For more detailed instructions on how to add Web Intents to your site, visit the Twitter Blog.

Tip: WordPress users who are already set up with the Tweet Button, are already prepared for Web Intents. Another useful WordPress plugin that already had this latest Twitter development built right in is, Twitter Blackbird Pie.

Try Out Web Intents

Tweet Intents

User Intents

With the implementation of  Web Intents, visitors can become more loyal to your site, enjoy your rich content longer, and still share your work on Twitter, without having to ever leave your site, which, for most website owners, were their “intentions” all along.

What do you think of the new Twitter app, Web Intents? Easy to implement or way too difficult? Let us know in the comments.

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