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Twitter’s Expanded Tweets Now Include Article Excerpts and Video

Twitter's new expanded view. Image credit: Twitter(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday Twitter made it a lot easier for you to see just what might be in those links before you click. Its expanded tweets, a feature which has already shown YouTube videos or Instagram photos on Twitter, will now display the first few lines of text of an article and even video on the Twitter website.

If you see a tweet, for instance, with an ABC News link, you will be able to see the first few lines of text, the name of the author, and even a video (if applicable) without having to click the link. Of course, clicking the link will bring you to the full story.

“When you expand tweets containing links to partner websites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos and more,” Twitter Product Director, Michael Sippey, wrote on the company’s blog Wednesday.

ABC News, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times are some of the first media partners. The feature rolled out to and Wednesday. However, it only works on Twitter sites; if you use a third-party Twitter client, like TweetDeck or Tweetie, you won’t see the previews. Twitter also says the feature will be coming to the iPhone and Android Twitter apps.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Twitter Highlights Its Growth as Fifth Birthday Approaches

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Twitter turns five years old later this month and since its inception, the Internet messaging service has made considerable growth.

It took just over three years and two months from when the first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 for the social networking site to reach its billionth message.  Now, there are a billion tweets a week, according to Twitter.

Along with the rising number of tweets, the amount of new users is growing.  On just one day this month, over half a million -- 572,000 -- new twitter accounts were created.

The company has also expanded its workforce, with a total of 400 employees today compared to just eight three years ago.

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