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Coming soon: An improved embedded timeline

By @mollie
Thursday, 25 February 2016

From the red carpet at the Oscars to the Cricket World Cup, the best stories start as Tweets. Over the last few months, we’ve made it easier to tell these stories with an embedded grid that showcases rich media on your website, and a native video player that lets your Android and iOS users engage with images, videos, and GIFs from within your app.

Starting March 3, we’re upgrading the embedded timeline, which showcases Twitter stories to more than 1 billion unique visitors across the web every month.

Coming soon: An improved embedded timeline

This update is more than just a facelift. Over the last few months you’ve told us about the kinds of stories you want to tell, and we’ve incorporated your feedback directly into the timeline display. As a result, the new timeline has a clean, modern design that blends seamlessly into any page on your site. It’s fully responsive, too, so it looks great at any size. And we think it will delight your users with expanded photos, videos, polls, and cards. We’ve also removed the old ‘hide media’ option to put sharing front and center on every Tweet, so that it’s easier than ever for people to engage with your content.

On March 3, you’ll be able to start embedding profiles, lists, collections, and more using the new timeline display. At that time, we will also automatically upgrade all existing timelines to the new version as well. All of your current sizing and customization preferences will stay the same, so you don’t have to worry about changing anything on your end.

To see what your existing timelines will look like in the new design, simply add <meta name="twitter:widgets:new-embed-design" content="on"> to your page.

If you run into any issues, please let us know in our forum or by Tweeting us at @TwitterDev. We look forward to hearing what you think, and we can’t wait to see the stories you tell.

Update Mar. 3, 2016: As described above, the new embedded timeline design is now available to everyone. All existing timelines have also been upgraded to the new design. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback and seeing the stories you tell!