When is "View media" used for Twitter Cards?


#1

“View media” sometimes shows up for a Twitter card when it should be “View summary” instead.

Here is an example: http://cl.ly/NVAD seen at https://twitter.com/scruffian

The Dec 6 Tweet:

Contains “wp.me/svb6i-1367” which redirects to http://scruffian.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/1367/ and has the following Twitter-related meta tags:

meta name=“twitter:site” content="@wordpressdotcom" />
meta name=“twitter:card” content=“summary” />
meta name=“twitter:creator” content="@scruffian" />

(I left the leading “<” out to make sure the meta tag lines would display in the forum.)

The Feb 18 Tweet:

Contains "http://wp.me/svb6i-1369 " which redirects to http://scruffian.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/1369/ and has the following Twitter-related meta tags:

meta name=“twitter:site” content="@wordpressdotcom" />
meta name=“twitter:card” content=“summary” />
meta name=“twitter:creator” content="@scruffian" />

(I left the leading “<” out to make sure the meta tag lines would display in the forum.)

Both Tweets are pointing to pages that set “twitter:card” = “summary” and contain plain text as the content of the page.

Why does the Dec 6 Tweet have show up with “View summary” while the Feb 18 one shows up with “View media”?

When exactly is “Show media” used? I checked the documentation at https://dev.twitter.com/docs/cards but it doesn’t mention “Show media”.


#2

Hi Sheri - thank you for the question. This is due in part to back end transitions, and the discrepancies you see here will eventually appear consistent and deterministic once we’ve totally moved away from our legacy implementation.