New and improved Twitter

Cross-posted on radixonline.ca

Chairman and creator of Twitter, Jack Dorsey announced they will be implementing a brand new modern design they have come up with that promises an “easier, faster, and richer experience”.

These changes allow Twitter’s estimated 75 million users to be even more connected with their new innovative design. Tweeters will now see @mentions, retweets, searches and lists single and streamlined view on the left of the screen. On the right, they will be able to see recent notifications – favourites, trending topics and who recently followed you.

The new Twitter includes profiles where you can click on a username to see a profile without leaving the page and shows their bio and recent tweets. When you click on a tweet it now displays a detailed pop-up showing additional information related to the author or subject so users can find related content quicker.

It will also be made easier to tweet photos and videos directly on Twitter thanks to their partnerships with Dailybooth, DeviantART, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, TwitVid, USTREAM, Vimeo, yfrog, and YouTube.

“With partnerships with Etsy and DeviantART especially, it opens doors for handmade businesses like mine,” says Aridia Nicolucci, owner of Ridi Kitty Design (@Ridikitty). “Twitter creates a platform where I can let everyone know what new designs I’m releasing, or what exciting new commissions I’m starting on. I can offer exclusive discounts to my twitter followers, share useful information, and build relationships with customers and other people who are interested in my business.”

Like Nicolucci, The GHSA here at the University of Guelph-Humber (@ghsaweb) as well as Humber College (@humbercollege) have chosen to use Twitter as a means of updating followers – providing students with up to date news around the community.

Media professor, Mike Karapita, says he uses Twitter because it proves to be a great tool for finding out breaking news and information happening on the run. “I also like that it is a living news stream, with information flowing back and forth all over the place.

“The new Twitter looks like it will be easier and faster to navigate. The fact that photos, videos and other media content can now be embedded in Twitter will be extremely useful and beneficial to me and my company,” says Nicolucci. “Also the new discover related content feature not only allows you to easily find related content that may interest you, but also gives businesses more chances of their tweets being discovered.”

When Twitter uses were asked via tweet, why they used Twitter, responses included “I use it as an extension of my blog. It’s easier to communicate with readers or fellow bloggers here” and “it’s an easy convenient way to get your message across. plus, I need something when I’m bored in class/at home/at work/anywhere.” For some “my girlfriend doesn’t get mobile reception at her house so we tweet because it’s like text messaging, instant & free.  Also it’s a mini journal!”

“It could very well be a harbinger of things to come in the online world; like radio and TV before it, Twitter (or something like it in the future) may become the place where many or most people start their news day. It could be the first place you go to find out what’s happening,” Karapita adds.

Twitter makes it easy for users to tweet from their computers to their mobile phones via text messages or from Twitter apps.

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