Unlike the mass revolts that take place when Facebook alters the social network, Twitter’s update was, for the most part, well received. Whatever complaints most people have are centered on mobile-related bugs that need to be worked out—no swipe to retweet for mobile versions, no copy/paste on smartphones, and the extra click to get to direct messages are the things people are talking about most.
Since most of those issues are sure to be updated away, the rest of Twitter’s changes are universally well liked, despite altering the fundamental purpose of Twitter altogether. Since I believe in embracing change, especially good ones, here’s a little walkthrough to help you get reacquainted with your favorite microblog.
When you visit the new Twitter, you’ll be greeted by the most obvious alterations of the update. Some new features have been added and redistributed among the old ones, which have been reorganized under four labels.
Your news feed on digital steroids. Media such as photos and videos are now embedded into the tweet instead of shunted off to the side. @repliesand retweets have a new, “open,” option that enables users to see additional information about the discussion. Twitter also promises the feed will appear “consistently” across all platforms—an issue we didn’t know existed but are happy to hear is under control.
The home for all your mentions and @replies. The only true addition here is the ability to type in someone’s handle and instantly learn more about that person or to connect with them instantly.
The supercharged, twin-turbo edition of the old search functions on Twitter. Discover not only displays trending topics and hashtags, it also identifies stories and trends that you’ll be interested in based on your connections, location, and language.
A larger, cleaner iteration of your Twitter profile. The cosmetic shift from right to left will throw you off at first, but the vertigo wears off eventually.
The mobile apps have the same four-tab format—Twitter promised consistency—but the interface has been streamlined and given a new look. A small but delightful change is the updated pen icon for new tweets being replaced by a feather quill. Not everyone appreciates touches like this, but elegant design indicates attention to detail, and attention to detail results in better products.
Some other mentionables are that the API allows embedded tweets, and interactions with other apps and platforms (like WordPress) have been improved. The embedded tweets are an interesting addition, and allow users with a website to embed individual tweets on a page. This mimics Storify to some degree, but operates one tweet at a time. From the embed, you can retweet, reply, or favorite the tweet, and even follow the user without ever having to leave the page you encountered the embed on.
A final tweak worth mentioning is that Twitter has added brand pages for companies. Although most businesses already have existing Twitter accounts, brand pages provide companies with a more prominent header, and allow for enhanced interactions with followers.
Guest article written by: Elli is an avid skier and tennis player who enjoys writing in her spare time for U.S. Bundles – home of www.usbundles.com.