Twitterbot

Last updated 9 hours ago.

What is Twitterbot?

About

Twitterbot is a fetcher operated by X. It's not currently known to be artificially intelligent or AI-related. If you think that's incorrect or can provide more detail about its purpose, please contact us.

Detail

Operator X
Documentation https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/twitter-for-websites/cards/guides/troubleshooting-cards

Type

Fetcher
Fetches web content on behalf of an app

Expected Behavior

Fetchers visit websites on-demand. They're normally dispatched by apps to present metadata about a link (e.g. the title and thumbnail image) to a user.

Insights

Activity on Your Website

Half of your website's traffic probably comes from artificial agents, and they're becoming more intelligent every day.

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Other Websites

11%
of top websites are currently blocking Twitterbot in some way
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Access Control

Should I Block Twitterbot?

Probably not. If you block a fetcher, it won't be able to fetch the metadata it needs to display a link preview. Fewer people will click on the link to your website without this.

Using Robots.txt

User Agent Token Description
Twitterbot Should match instances of Twitterbot

You can block Twitterbot or limit its access by setting user agent token rules in your website's robots.txt.

# robots.txt
# This should block Twitterbot

User-agent: Twitterbot
Disallow: /

Instead of doing this manually, you can generate a robots.txt that stays up to date with the agent list automatically.

Set Up Your Robots.txt