Twitter’s New Look

15Sep10

Today Twitter announced an upcoming change in design which is set to change the way people use the service. In a post titled A Better Twitter the micro blogging service described how the new Twitter.com layout will make using Twitter easier. Users will now be able to click on a tweet to display it in a panel on the right hand side of the regular time line making it similar to how Outlook displays emails. Any media which is embedded in the Tweet will be shown in the ‘reading’ panel meaning that users will not need to click through to see photos or videos (depending on the service used).

new Twitter layout

Some have suggested that Twitter are aiming to mimic the functionality of several 3rd party desktop clients like Seesmic, Twhirl and Tweetdeck. These applications already give users more options than the Twitter homepage although Twitter seem keen to encourage users to use their browser again. The Twitter blog explains some of the benefits of the new version:

  • New design. The site has a cleaner timeline and a rich details pane that instantly adds more impact to individual Tweets while still maintaining the simplicity of the timeline. And, experience infinite scroll — you no longer have to click “more” to view additional Tweets.
  • Media. Now, it’s easy to see embedded photos and videos directly on Twitter, thanks to partnerships with DailyBooth, DeviantART, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, TwitVid, USTREAM, Vimeo, yfrog, and YouTube.
  • Related content. When you click a Tweet, the details pane shows additional information related to the author or subject. Depending on the Tweet’s content, you may see: replies, other Tweets by that user, a map of where a geotagged Tweet was sent from, and more.
  • Mini profiles. Click a username to see a mini profile without navigating from the page, which provides quick access to account information, including bio and recent Tweets.

The new Twitter is being rolled out over the next few weeks to certain users. Eventually everyone will have the new version although it is not clear when this will be. For more information visit Twitter.com/newtwitter

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