the new twitter

The new Twitter

Some of you may have noticed a change to your Twitter account.  The new Twitter now has a much cleaner interface with many changes. The new Twitter has four new tabs- Home, Connect, Discover and Me. Although new design is not yet fully rolled out to all users, but many users have already got the new design.

Home: This is your old news feed, only better. Whereas before media in tweets like photos and videos was viewable on the side, now you can see them right in the tweet (you still need to click). You’ll also be able to see information about @replies and retweets for a particular tweet by selecting “Open,” a new option. Twitter says your feed will now appear “consistently” across platforms. which apparently was a problem before.

Connect: This is where all your @replies and mentions will be. Not a lot new here, but Twitter says you can type in someone’s handle will let you learn more about the person and connect instantly.

    • Discover: Twitter appears to have supercharged its search functions and put the results here. More than just a place to look for trending topics and hashtags, Discover will identify stories and trends based on your connections, location and language.
    • Me: Here’s your Twitter profile, made bigger, neater and with more activity recorded. Your information now appears on the left instead of right.

Twitter’s mobile apps have been given the same four-column treatment, with streamlined interfaces and a new design. In a subtle change, the old pen icon for drafting a new tweet has been replaced with a quill.

The New Twitter | The Goals

According to the Business Insider website, founder Jack Dorsey and CEO Dick Costolo explained that the changes are meant to make Twitter more accessible to everybody by listing the following 3 goals:

  • Expose the “universe within every tweet.” Tweets aren’t just 140 characters — there’s also context like retweets and replies, and embedded content like videos, images, and songs. Today, accessing this material still feels like opening a “side drawer,” said Costolo.
  • Make Twitter less obscure to use. Today, the @ and # symbols are too obscure — people don’t know what they mean. This contributes to a lot of people visiting Twitter but not really participating actively. The redesign surfaces these symbols and makes them the gateway to find out more infrmation about people and topics on the surface.
  • Share it with everybody. The world has 7 billion people. Most of those people are “not yet on Twitter,” said Costolo. The redesign will roll out to mobile devices simultaneously, and is streamlined to load up to 500% faster.

While looking to achieve these goals, Dorsey and Costolo also wanted to make using the new Twitter easier.

The New Twitter | How it’s easier

The following are 4 ways that the new Twitter will be easier for its users to utilize:

  • Personal profile pages. Every Twitter user will get a new profile page that contains everything about them — all their tweets, followers, favorites, images they’ve uploaded, and so on.  “Tell more compelling story for you.”
  • New home timeline. The new timeline page will embed everything about a particular tweet right in the tweet — retweets, favorites, and added content. Twitter will also put an embed code into every tweet, so Web sites can take entire tweets and put them on Web pages, just as they do with YouTube videos and other content.
  • #Discover. A new # option at the top of the page will take you to a list of interesting stories related to people you’re following, or people Twitter thinks you might be interested in. (The relevance algorithm isn’t that great yet — the top two stories for me right now are about Ice Cube and Rick Perry, neither of whom I’ve ever followed or tweeted about.)
  • @ names are now the shortcut to people. A new @Connect item at the top of the Twitter home page will let you see everything that is happening related to your username — all retweets, direct messages, and so on.

The New Twitter | Mashable Video

Mashable put together a video on the new Twitter that shows some of it’s new functions:

The New Twitter | Keyboard Shortcuts

Like previous web designs of Twitter, the new one also comes with a new set of keyboard shortcuts, some of them are from the previous version. Here is the complete list of keyboard shortcuts: