Accessing a tweet using only its ID (and without the Twitter API)

See the Pen Twitter Tweet URL Generator by Bramus (@bramus) on CodePen.

Today I learned that Twitter totally ignores the username in the “tweet detail route” on their website. This allows you to view details of a (public) tweet when knowing only its ID, without needing to access the Twitter API (which is the default geeky approach I was first going to take).

Embedded above is a small tool I built to help you with that. Simply enter the Tweet ID and hit “Generate URL”.

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Twitter’s tweet detail route has the form of https://twitter.com/{userName}/status/{tweetId}. When passing in a tweetId with a non-matching/invalid userName, the Twitter website will automatically redirect to the URL with the correct userName

Example: To see the contents of the tweet with id 932586791953158144 just visit https://twitter.com/anyuser/status/932586791953158144 and you’ll be redirected to its actual URL: https://twitter.com/bramus/status/932586791953158144

Handy 😊

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Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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