I’ve been checking out and playing with #newtwitter to see what it’s all about. I have to admit, I do like the ease of clicking the arrow in a tweet and opening up a side window to see the photo or video while still on my home stream page. Here’s a screenshot of the New Twitter that’s being rolled out slowly to users:
Here’s a recap of some of the new features you’ll be seeing:
New Design – As you can see from my account screenshot above, the new design will streamline your use of the Twitter service. While it is different, it isn’t so different that you won’t know how to use it, unlike Facebook when it implements changes.
View Media Content – Photos and videos embedded in tweets will be viewable from inside twitter. This is both good and bad, in my opinion. I like being able to see the videos and realize that YouTube will count views, but what about the photos? I like to see view stats on my photos and the views aren’t always counted unless the link is activated.
Related Content – When a tweet is clicked, it will show information such as a map from geo-tagged tweets, other tweets from the same user, and information related to the subject in the tweet.
Profiles – You’ll get to see a mini profile of a user without having to naivigate off the page.
Reply to All – When you hit reply in a Tweet, it will reply to all the usernames mentioned in the tweet. Users have the ability to delete the names they don’t want to reply to. Be careful when you reply, because at this time there’s no option for single user reply. You don’t want to be known as the ‘reply-all’ person like the geek in the office that responds to the initial emailer, but hits that legendary reply-all button and sends their beef to the entire office.
Auto-Complete – This feature, like Google’s new search auto-complete, really irks me.
Real Names Appear – I really like that I can see people’s real names along with their Twitter handle. It’s gotten really hard to remember that @GoogleEyeMom is really a woman named Judy. <- This is an example only, people.
Ability to Switch Back – While New Twitter rolls out in increments, users will have the choice of switching back and forth between old and new formats, so that they can slowly get used to the changes. I actually think this is a brilliant move on Twitter’s part. One thing I really dislike about changes on Facebook is that they roll out and I have no idea what I’m doing for a while.
I think I’ll like the new Twitter, once I’m comfortable and familiar with the changes. I’m curious to see just what they’re trying to do at Twitter. If you’d like to learn more about the technical engineering behind the new Twitter design, the company has been very open and transparent about things at Twitter’s Engineering blog.
For more opinions on new Twitter, check out The Best Subtle New Things About Twitter and of course, Twitter’s Meet the New Twitter. Have you tried New Twitter yet? What are your thoughts? By the way, are you following me on Twitter? I’m @Cajun_Mama and @TravelingMamas.