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Twitter Removes Support For AMP Links

Twitter is dropping support for AMP and will direct all AMP links to the original URLs by the end of the year.

Twitter Removes Support For AMP Links

Twitter is removing support for AMP links will instead direct users to the publisher’s original webpage.

The company confirms this change come into effect by the end of the year.

In an updated developer document about AMP pages, Twitter states it’s currently in the process of discontinuing the format.

“We’re in the process of discontinuing support for this feature and it will be fully retired in Q4 of 2021.“

An SEO named Christian Oliveira spotted the updated document after Twitter user David Esteve says he noticed a lack of support for AMP pages dating back to mid-October.

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As Twitter is “in the process” of dropping support for AMP, it’s possible the format is discontinued in some locations already.

After 2021, Twitter will stop sending all users to AMP pages.

What Does This Mean For Websites With AMP Pages?

Websites that publish AMP versions of their pages can continue doing so, and the links can still be shared on Twitter.

The only thing that’s changing is where Twitter will direct the traffic.

Instead of landing on a stripped down AMP page, Twitter will send users to the publisher’s original URL

If you own or work for a website that publishes AMP pages, there’s nothing to you need to do comply with this change.

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Links to AMP pages will still work on Twitter. It’s not as though users will be sent to broken pages, so you don’t need to worry about 301 redirecting all your AMP URLs.

Whether you want to continue supporting the format on your end is a personal choice.

There’s no inherent benefit to building webpages with AMP HTML. It’s an easy way to publish content that’s fast and simple to navigate, but that can be accomplished without resorting to AMP.

Google confirms AMP is not a ranking factor, so it’s not necessary to use it from an SEO standpoint.

It’s getting harder to make a case for publishing pages in the AMP format, especially after what’s happened with it over the past year.

Google itself is gradually phasing AMP out of a number of places where it was once prominent.

Here’s a recap of some recent developments in case you missed them.

Related: How AMP Impacts Rank in Google Top Stories, Discover & Organic Search

Google Phasing Out AMP

With the launch of the Page Experience Update, Google made a number of changes that suggest it’s trying to move away from AMP.

Google’s first move toward phasing out AMP occurred when it removed the lightning bolt icon from search results.

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AMP pages are less obvious to spot in mobile search results, but they’re capable of ranking as well as any other type of webpage.

Google furthered its efforts to move away from AMP  by removing it as a requirement for pages that appear in the Top Stories carousel.

To clarify, AMP pages have not been removed from the carousel. They’re still eligible to appear, but they’ll be mixed in with regular HTML pages.

Google’s most recent step toward phasing out AMP occurred this past September when the company announced it would show non-AMP content more regularly in Google News.

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Similar to the change to the Top Stories carousel, AMP pages are still eligible to appear in Google News, but users now see regular HTML pages more often.

In addition, Google News is sending users directly to the publisher’s URLs, rather than rendering them in the app.

That update was supposed to roll out with the Page Experience Update, but it ended up being delayed by a few months.

Across Google, and soon Twitter, users are a lot less likely to land on AMP pages.

As a result, publishers will get more traffic to their native URLs, where they can utilize features that would’ve been stripped out of the AMP version.

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Source: Twitter Developer Platform


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