Twitter has finished rolling out its new look and most people like what the Twitter team have done. Being able to embed media and the new search functions make the site much easier to use moving it closer to becoming one giant blog.
Webandrank.com took a long hard look at the new layout and here are 1o things you need to know.
As soon as you log in you are hit by a barrage of information which is a great contrast to the old, kind of boring, homepage of the old Twitter. It makes you want to sign in and see what’s going on in your world. The new homepage gives search more importance, the added box in the top left allows users to switch easily between timeline, mentions, retweets, searches and lists in the left panel. On the right you can easily see who is following you and who you are following.
Twitter has struck a deal with some of the photo companies including of course Flickr, YFrog and TwitPic bringing you the functionality of viewing photos alongside tweets in the right window panel.
Now you never have to leave Twitter to watch videos. Videos also sit in the right panel alongside tweets, YouTube and Twitter all in one place, great stuff!
Twitter has made it easier for you to navigate around your account with some handy keyboard shortcuts. Check out the screen shot.
To Infinity and Beyond
It is now possible to keep scrolling down and to keep scrolling down until infinity, when you get to the bottom new tweets will appear. You do not need to hit ‘more’ again. This feature is super nice!
Dual Screen Happiness
The new look has a split screen appearance which allows you to do two things at once. One example is being able to see the bio page next to the tweets.
Is this new follower worth following back?
A valid question asked by any experienced Twitter users. The new look displays much more information on the follower making it easier to make a quick decision. The new page display shows the latest bios and their 3 most recent tweets.
New Look Profile
The profile looks a lot more professional and just generally cooler with a great emphasis on the avatar and Bio. The backgrounds have had to take a step into the back being considered less important in the new Twitter scheme.
More Info on Every Page
Twitter have done a fantastic job to maximize each page so you can pretty much do everything you need/want without leaving that page. The functionality is excellent; the usage is easy and intuitive. Web and Rank gives this a thumbs up.
Why have Twitter removed the text stating what platform the tweet was sent. Before it used to say ‘from web’ or ‘via tweetdeck’ but this has been removed; it can be useful to see what apps people are using to tweet.
Another argument against the new look is that it will take longer to load up on smartphones. People who want to view their page on their iPhone, Blackberry or Android will have to spend more money uploading greater amounts ofinformation.
It is very possible that in the future Twitter is going to become more and more popular as it will become one giant blog for millions and millions of people.