Last Thursday, Twitter launched its official Tweet Button with the aim of simplifying the sharing of content.
Rather than having to switch between tabs or windows and visit the Twitter site directly, users of sites who sport the new button will, upon clicking, be greeted by a Tweet box. The Tweet box will contain a shortened link to the content being shared and allow users to add their own messages before tweeting it. Once tweeted, users will also be given the opportunity to follow other Twitter accounts that publishers choose to share with their followers.
It was announced the same day on the official WordPress.com blog that the new Tweet Button would be available to all users of WordPress.com via the
Appearance > Extras menu in the dashboard.
Users of self-hosted WordPress installations have an ever-growing list of Tweet Button plugins to choose from in the plugin directory, including this BuddyPress plugin which adds a Tweet Button to activity stream items, forum discussions and blog posts.