Most Twitter users access tweets from a third party like Hoot Suite or Tweetdeck, rarely visiting the original, Twitter.com. Over the past several months Twitter has made improvements in leaps and bounds, making another visit to their site nearly vital.
The most noticeable change is the new layout. This was a very big change, as you can see. The new layout offers nearly every thing you need all on one screen, such as: trends, who’s listed you, a few suggestions on who to follow, your most recent tweet, most recent favorite tweet and help – about – advertising – developers – resources info more visible. When clicking on an @username, their mini profile comes up on the same screen without a popup and remaining on the same page, . This is very convenient as you do not navigate away from your current page and allows you to keep your place in your stream of tweets. One drawback to this change is that the space allotted for a custom background has been reduced. However, this is happily accepted with all of the new features we are gaining.
I love the “who to follow” feature as well. Twitter suggests who to follow based on who you are already following. Not only that, but they also suggest who to follow in many business categories such as arts and entertainment, funnies, travel, technology, fashion, politics and many more. When you go to tour own profile page, you are shown who is similar to you. Nice implementation of subliminal suggesting, but it is also intriguing to see who Twitter thinks is similar to you.
Click the “view all” who are similar to you and you can see many people. I am not quite sure what their algorithm is to determine who is similar, most likely a mix of profile biography, who you follow, who follows you, who you mention, who mentions you and who you list and who lists you, and of course content of tweets.
Other new features include:
- A super bold follow/unfollow button
- No click, continuous feed scrolling
- Random twitter jargon definitions
- Avatars of the 7 most recent followers and people you follow
- More prominent search bar
- Bar across the top of feed shows how many new tweets since you’ve last refreshed
While you’re exploring all if these great features, revisit your own profile and see if all of your information is current and your old background still works with the new layout.
Have you visited Twitter recently? Leave your @username in your comment!