Twitter Launches Tweet Button for Third-Party Websites

August 13, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Twitter, along with TweetMeme, announced Thursday they launched a 'retweet' button for third-party websites. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Twitter, along with TweetMeme, announced Thursday they launched a 'retweet' button for third-party websites. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Twitter launched its own tweet button for third-party websites to allow their users to share links directly from the web page they are viewing, according to an announcement on Thursday.

When a user clicks the tweet button called “retweet,” a box will pop up with a shortened link that leads to the item that the user is trying to share with his or her Twitter followers, according to eWeek.com.

Once a web page is posted via the tweet button, Twitter may show suggestions for other Twitter accounts to follow, based on the website they visited.

With the new tweet button, websites will no longer have to copy, paste, and shorten links from services such as Bit.ly before putting them on Twitter.

TweetMeme, which powers most of the existing tweet buttons on the web, is working with Twitter on the new feature.