What is Twitter Cards Validator and how to use it?

What is Twitter Cards?

Similar to Facebook Open Graph, Twitter is using Twitter Cards to generate link previews when a URL is shared on Twitter. In other words, Twitter Cards are the social meta tags published by Twitter.

In SPO, we recommend users to use Summary Card with Large Image to achieve the best click-through rate (CTR).

A sample meta tag:

<meta name="twitter:image" content="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/02/19/us/19whitney-span/19whitney-span-articleLarge.jpg">

Twitter social meta tags start with 'Twitter:'

How can I use Twitter Cards Validator?

The usage is similar to Facebook Debugger. Before sharing a link on Twitter, you can use Twitter Cards Validator to check the link preview. 

  1. Visit Twitter Cards Validator. Input the link and press "Preview Card". 

    Preview link preview on Twitter Cards Validator

  2. The Twitter link preview will be shown

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