Twitter, Stop Killing My Articles With Stupid White Boxes In Tweets


epic win

Today, we’re going to talk about white boxes in tweets and why they are not only the bane of every content writer’s existence, but incontrovertible proof that Satan exists and loves to make us suffer.

For anyone out there who hasn’t lost hair, sleep or loved ones over the white boxes in tweets crisis, this is what I’m talking about:

They’re pretty harmless on Twitter, but if you’re a content writer and you want to embed tweets, those white boxes look like this when published: white boxes tweets

Not only do they prevent tweets from populating correctly, white boxes automatically delete all 800 words you wrote following the embed code.

Sometimes content writers miss white boxes in embedded tweets, taking their mood from:

epic win … to: fuuuu faceSo what are they?

White boxes happen when people insert emojis on Twitter mobile. For whatever reason, those emojis, if published through an iPhone, are only visible to other iPhone users. Android, PC, HTC, etc. are S.O.L., and that homogeneity rings true of tweets published by other devices, as well.

White boxes have plagued me and my kind for over two years, and what’s worse, no one seems to care about this important issue, and nothing is being done about it. I, myself, have reached out to Twitter several times for assistance, and all I get is stonewalled.

We are truly alone.

So, fellow content writer, to prevent your work from being destroyed by Satan-code, here’s a workaround to the white boxes in tweets problem. We’ll use WordPress for our example, but other publishing platforms will also have an accessible html field (unless you power your blog through MS Paint).

Step 1: Embed The Tweet

step one embedding tweets

Step 2: Remove Satan Blocks Manually

embedding tweets

Step 3: Laugh In The Devil’s Face

step 3 embedding tweets

Quick note: When you publish, the blocks will populate back into the tweet, but your tweet will still populate correctly and half of your content won’t be torpedoed into the deep web.

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Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.

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