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I would like to know what the 'Recommend @' field does on the Twitter URL sharer at https://about.twitter.com/resources/buttons#tweet. The information appears in one of the HTML data tags, but then when I click on the Tweet button to preview the tweet nothing related to @JaneDoe shows up in the Tweet text (see image below).

<a href="https://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-url="http://www.example.com/" data-text="Yo,check out this site!!!" data-via="JohnDoe" data-size="large" data-related="JaneDoe" data-count="none" data-hashtags="AboutTheDoes">Tweet</a>
<script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');</script>

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Here is the format of the URL which can be used by Twitter users to tweet about a web page (taken from the popup window shown above):

https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?hashtags=JohnDoeHashtag&original_referer=JohnDoeRefererURLEncoded&related=RelatedTwitterUserJaneDoe&text=MyTextHere&tw_p=tweetbutton&url=http%3A%2F%2Fexample.com%2F&via=JohnDoe

Some of the fields are optional and are most likely used by Twitter for tracking purposes.

closed as off-topic by ale, Vidar S. Ramdal, jonsca Jan 29 '15 at 0:24

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "It is a question about creating/developing a web application." – ale, Vidar S. Ramdal
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • This is more of a question of using a single website that's not really a web application, per se. Did you try the "contact us" link on the page? It's probably something someone thought to throw on the form but never actually wired up. – jonsca Jan 29 '15 at 0:23
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about a specific web application. – jonsca Jan 29 '15 at 0:24
  • My question is about Twitter so it should fit the help center guidelines. Why wouldn't it? – John Sonderson Jan 29 '15 at 11:40
  • Using Twitter or a web-based Twitter reader, for example, would be on-topic, but this is more about how to generate a REST url using a widget for use in another site. – jonsca Jan 30 '15 at 0:20
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    Yes, that is true. Short of scripts written in Google spreadsheets, programming is off-topic on the site. The site's scope is issues that end-users face when using a particular web application. – jonsca Jan 30 '15 at 15:38
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"JaneDoe" shows up in the data-related part of the tweet link. This information is used after the tweet button has been clicked to display the "suggested people to follow" prompt.

There is some more detail in the tweet button developer documentation.

  • Thank you @JohnC for your answer. I also looked at the "Build Your Own Tweet Button" section of the page corresponding to the link you posted, and also found more information on the allowed query string parameters further up in the page. If I just use them as in the link I posted at the bottom of my post using the URL twitter.com/share and properly URLEncode everything after the ? mark in my HTML then I should be OK. Thanks! – John Sonderson Jan 27 '15 at 18:09

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