Hi, I’m the new Twitter.

15 Sep

So the question has been asked all day, “Have you met the new Twitter?”

I took the time today to get know the new Twitter and explore it’s changes. To quickly sum up the changes being rolled out on to your nearest viewing screen: multimedia will be integrated in to your stream.

What does this mean? Aside from the new design, here is exactly what will happen with the biggest and most important change being first.

View photos, videos, and other media content

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.

Discover 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 same user, a map of where a geotagged Tweet was sent from, and more.

Mini profiles

You can 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.

So what does all of this mean for Twitter?

As Mashable perfectly put it, it’s sort-of like the “Facebookification” of Twitter. Meaning that, you can view all of your content on one viewing screen. You will never have to actually leave your Twitter stream page to view any multimedia. The big question is, will this be the Desktop Client killer? For the average Twitter consumer, I’d say yes, there is no point in downloading any applications like Seeismic or Tweetdeck anymore. In fact, the new Twitter blows most of the downloadable applications out of the water. But for the industry folk like myself, who manage multiple accounts, our desktop apps will remain intact. Either way, this is a positive change for Twitter and I think most “Tweeple” will enjoy it.

One more point for ” The Web is Dead”.


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