By now most Twitter users have checked out the ‘new’ Twitter. It’s taken me a few days because I hardly ever use Twitter’s own platform; I rely on Tweetdeck and TweetCaster. So I was curious to see what everybody is talking about.
The very first thing you notice is a completely new landing page. It’s not ‘Twitter blue’; it’s an orangey-red colour and has a picture of people playing cricket. Odd.
The timeline includes rich media and key information embedded into tweets, there is a new tool to track @ and # conversations. The new approach gives context to tweets by pulling in retweets, replies and other content such as images, videos and other rich media that has been embedded.
The changes are likely designed to make Twitter more accessible for casual users by pulling conversation threads together without the user having to know about and understand the how to employ symbols and hashtags. The folks at Twitter say that simplification is the key.
Summary of major changes:
- New personal profile pages. These showcase a user’s Twitterverse by pulling together all his or her tweets, followers, favorites and images.
- New timeline. It embeds all activity surrounding each tweet including retweets, favorites and content. New Twitter also puts code into each tweet so it can be embedded into web pages the same way YouTube videos are.
- #Discover. Click this to see lists of people and tweets that Twitter thinks will be of interest to the user. It showcases trends, categories, friends, activity and stories.
- @Connect. It lets users see all related interactions and mentions and suggest new people to follow.
Will the new platform have an effect on my Twitter life? Doubtful. I love Tweetdeck and Tweetcaster!
- Twitter announces new changes to enhance service (vanguardngr.com)
- The New Twitter Is A Lot Better But Is it Inching Towards Complexity? (techie-buzz.com)