Skip to main content

Twitter is building a menu option for Twitter Shops

A new screenshot from Jane Manchun Wong shows that Twitter is continuing on with its plans to bring shopping to the social media platform.

On Monday, Wong tweeted a screenshot showing that Twitter is apparently working on adding a new Shopping menu option to the left-side Twitter sidebar. The screenshot shows the new button for the Shopping option but the option itself doesn’t seem to be built yet as the Shopping screen just has an “Oops, something went wrong” error screen.

Twitter is working on “Shopping” button in the menu, which supposedly will allow exploring various Twitter Shops within the app

Twitter is also working on a new set of in-app icons, which looks bolder and has a bit more sharp edges

— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) September 26, 2022

Wong’s tweet also mentioned that the Shopping button “supposedly will allow exploring various Twitter Shops within the app.” If that does happen, the Shopping button would fall in line with Twitter’s recent shopping-related endeavors, namely its partnership with e-commerce company Shopify and its Shop Spotlight feature, which lets businesses display their products on their profile page. (Shop Spotlight is apparently only viewable on the mobile app.) Plus, for interested shoppers, having a dedicated Shopping menu tab could make it easier to find businesses that are participating in Twitter Shopping.

Twitter isn’t the only social media platform looking to add shopping to its services. TikTok and Instagram both have ways for users to shop for products on their platforms. The Instagram mobile app features a Shop section that lets you search for products and purchase them directly in the app or via merchants’ websites. Instagram even lets you purchase items from tagged products in posts, Stories, Reels, and Lives. TikTok also offers shopping on its app. Some businesses on TikTok have shopping tabs right on their profiles with a selection of products to choose from.

So far, Twitter’s version of shopping on its app is shaping up to look similar to TikTok and Instagram as it allows businesses to feature products on their profile pages (like TikTok) and as it builds what appears to be a more centralized landing page for shopping (like Instagram and its Shop section).

Editors' Recommendations

Anita George
Anita has been a technology reporter since 2013 and currently writes for the Computing section at Digital Trends. She began…
Australia threatens Twitter with huge fines over hate speech
A stylized composite of the Twitter logo.

Twitter could be hit with huge fines in Australia after the antipodean nation’s cyber watchdog asked the social media company to explain what it’s doing to prevent online hate.

The eSafety commissioner said on Thursday that it has received more complaints about online hate on Twitter in the past 12 months than any other platform, and has received an increasing number of reports of serious online abuse since Elon Musk’s acquisition of the company in October.

Read more
Twitter braces itself after source code leaked online
A stylized composite of the Twitter logo.

Parts of Twitter’s source code have been leaked online, according to a legal filing with the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California.

First reported by the New York Times, the contents of Twitter’s source code -- the all-important software that powers the platform and makes it work -- showed up on GitHub, an internet hosting service for software development.

Read more
Twitter API broke links, images on the website this morning
A stylized composite of the Twitter logo.

Twitter broke in several places this morning, likely due to Twitter's own API. Slow load times, broken links, and services like TweetDeck went down on Monday, displaying an error related to Twitter's API. This is not the first hurdle Twitter has seen due to its API under the new leadership of Elon Musk.

When using a link on Twitter or accessing a service like TweetDeck, you would see this message: "{"errors":[{"message":"Your current API plan does not include access to this endpoint, please see for more information","code":467}]}" That's not too helpful -- going to the website address in the error would take you to a page with the same error.

Read more