Twitter is planning to roll out its own official Tweet Button this week for sharing articles on websites and counting how many times a URL has been shared, according to the Mashable.
Although similar buttons are already available for sites, they are created by third-party services. Twitter is hoping that its official button will be the most accurate yet, offering precise numbers of those who have retweeted articles online.
There are three versions of the button (110×20, 55×20, 55×63) with five different settings for customization. The Tweet Button could launch as soon as this Thursday.
Although, Twitter hasn’t officially announced the service, but Mashable has got its hands on the code and says it already works, but the retweeting aspect of it hasn’t been turned on yet.
Ben Parr writes on the Mashable “while the embed code in fact works, the actual act of retweeting an article is not possible for most users, including us. According to our sources, only a few accounts currently have that ability activated.”
The company that is most likely to be affected by this development is Tweetmeme, which powers most of the retweet buttons you see on websites and blogs across the web, including TheBlogIsMine.
Twitter could be directly competing with Tweetmeme, but Ben Parr thinks ‘it’s unlikely that Twitter would just spring this product on the world without talking to Tweetmeme first.’ He also believes it’s likely the two companies have a deal, but don’t know what it would look like as of yet. [via Mashable and The Next Web]