Last week, twitter announced an easy-to-install and lightweight Tweet Button that allows publishers to make it easy for users to share a link to their content on Twitter. Thousands of sites have implemented the Tweet Button already.
But what if you go to a site that doesnâ€™t have a Tweet Button? Have no fear. Today, theyâ€™re making available a Tweet Button Bookmarklet that allows you to tweet a link with your own commentary from anywhere on the web. You just need to drag and drop the Bookmarklet into your browserâ€™s bookmark bar.
Like the Tweet Button, it shortens links automatically. If thereâ€™s a Twitter account listed on the site, it also may suggest users to follow. To install the Bookmarklet, visit this page and drag the â€œShare on Twitterâ€ link to your bookmark bar on any browser.
The TweetBeat site provides real-time updates from and around the World Cup. You can follow what is being said about the whole tournament, or focus on a specific team and even follow what’s happening with its opposition. Not only that, but their Popular Tweets sidebar keeps you informed of what everyone else is talking about and, during matches, which team has the most Tweets.
TweetBeat uses the Twitter Firehose to cluster similar tweets into real-time stories from all across Twitter as they happen. You can use the speed slider to slow down or speed up the flow of Tweets and stories down the page. They have also integrated @Anywhere so that you can retweet the best tweets or follow your favorite Twitter users right from the site, without having to come back to twitter.com.
June is one of the worst months for Twitter since last October from a website stability and service outage perspective. This is what the twitter blog said about it.
What’s the problem?
Last Friday, twitter detailed on their Engineering blog that this is going to be a rocky few weeks. They are working through tweaks to their system in order to provide greater stability at a time when they are facing record traffic. Twitter have long-term solutions that they are working towards, but in the meantime, they are making real-time adjustments so that they can grow their capacity and avoid outages during the World Cup.
As Twitter go through this process, they have uncovered unexpected deeper issues and have even caused inadvertent downtime as a result of our attempts to make changes. Ultimately, the changes that Twitter is making now will make Twitter much more reliable in the future. However, they certainly are not happy about the disruptions that they faced and even caused this week and understand how they negatively impact on Twitter users.
Should Twitter have been ready?
Record traffic and unprecedented spikes in activity are never simple to manage. However, Twitter was well aware of the likely impact of the World Cup. What Twitter didn’t anticipate was some of the complexities that have been inherent in fixing and optimizing their systems before and during the event.
Over the next two weeks, Twitter may perform relatively short planned maintenance on their site. During this time, the service will likely be taken down. Twitter will not perform this work during World Cup games, and they will provide advance notification.
How can I best keep informed of any future Twitter site issues?
For real-time updates on site outages or major issues, you can go to our Status blog. For most other problems that you may be having with Twitter, follow @Support.
Background on Twitter uptime from Pingdom
A month by month look: http://bit.ly/c3BPRS