Twitter has long allowed its users to embed tweets within their blogs and articles. This lets users quote content directly from Twitter without compromising the looks of the tweets. Following in these footsteps, Facebook has also rolled out support for Embedded Posts.
Support for Embedded Posts essentially means that users can now directly quote content from Facebook posts as it is. For instance, any such content quoted in, say, an article will appear in the same outlook as it appears on Facebook.
According to Facebook engineers, “Embedded Posts let people add public posts from Facebook to their blog or web site. When embedded, posts can include pictures, videos, hashtags and other content. People can also like and share the post directly from the embed.”
Naturally, only such posts could be quoted which are public whereas private posts will not support the Embedded Posts feature. For now, the feature is currently available only to a few news publishers. However, in time, Facebook plans on rolling out the feature to all the users.
This is not the first time Facebook has borrowed a feature from Twitter. In the past, the social network has imitated Twitter by adopting hashtags, helping users discover content much the same way they do on the micro-blogging site. Facebook also launched the ‘Subscribe’ button which was eventually changed to ‘Follow’, letting users subscribe to others’ news feeds without being added to their friend list. Again, this feature is a close rehash of the Follow option that has long been offered on Twitter.
Courtesy: IBN Live