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The Twitter Button Is Changing For The First Time Since 2011

The Twitter button we’ve come to use and love has been essentially the same since 2011 and can currently be found on thousands of websites all around the interwebs – and now it’s time for a major change. First off is the visual updates which change the tweet and follow buttons from the old gradient effect and to a modern, high-contrast design featuring white text over a Twitter blue background.

tweet-follow-buttons

Lastly there’s another huge change that’s coming along with this redesign. The Tweet button right now shows a share count which it obtains by querying a JSON endpoint – and those endpoints are unfortunately now getting shut down. That means those of you using these JSON endpoints to get a simple share count for a URL will have to swap over to Twitter’s REST API.

The new buttons should be rolled out “next month” according to the latest Twitter blog post.

About Michael Boguslavskiy

Michael Boguslavskiy is a full-stack developer & online presence consultant based out of New York City. He’s been offering freelance marketing & development services for over a decade. He currently manages Rapid Purple – and online webmaster resources center; and Media Explode – a full service marketing agency.

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