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May 12

Fun with Twitter’s new internal web browser

Twas playing with Twitter on my Android today, minding my own business when I came upon Twitter’s new internal web browser.

First thing to know about Twitter’s new internal web browser is that it is part of the main Twitter app. Anytime you tap a hyperlink URI (not a hashtag) the web browser will open in a “new tab” or really, on top of the main Twitter interface.

twitter browser web browser preview

This is not a fully functioning web browser. While you can follow links by clicking on them within the browser, there is no “location bar” or “URL / URI bar” to allow you to navigate to a new URL.

It initially appeared as though there was a back button, but it is more of a “back to Twitter” button than a “back to the previous page” button.

twitter browser web browser preview

The menu is quick and to the point. You can share the current URL to a new tweet or a direct message, copy the link, open it in the (default) browser or share it natively.

twitter browser web browser preview

My opinion

I actually love it. This new feature makes it so that I can quickly preview a URL without having to navigate away from the app or open up a new tab or window. My only hope is that they don’t confuse it with a bunch of features.

Questions. Will Twitter make an attempt to throw their hat in the web browser race? Will this become a fully functioning web browser? I couldn’t find a Github repository for the Twitter Android app (nor do I know if it is even open source) but would like to dig through the code to see what this is all about.

About The Author

Patrick is an SEO blogger and the founder of Elite Strategies, an SEO and internet marketing agency located in Delray Beach, FL.