I have been on and off Twitter thanks to the very unreliable internet connection in Uganda. But also because I have had to slow down a little with the use of my PC, lest I like it get to crash. As a result, I have had to do away with the luxury or rather the mandate of having a computer screen right in front of me.
Twitter has changed a few things about it. If you do not know that means that you are using the so many and readily available twitter apps. I was a fan of TweetDeck until Twitter bought it. Then I could not personalize my view of it, play around with colors, neither could I add a few more characters to my tweets, so the whole experience got boring. So I quit. In search of ‘greener’ pastures, I landed on HootSuite. I used one of my email accounts to open it, and then a few days into using it, it crashed as well. Now I am back to using twitter.com. Very blonde of me, you may say but it is as easy as it gets.
So the new UI changes on Twitter are definitely worth writing home about:
Expand, Collapse: and you can only see the interaction bar underneath the tweets when on mouse over. The retweets, replies and favorites are no longer automatically visible. One is able to expand a tweet and see what conversation a person they follow was having with someone they do not follow. If you are looking to network, this is one of those great features that you can get to enjoy! I cannot even remember what there was before. I remember though: hide conversation, Show conversation and Close. I hope I am right.
On 1st of May, while some of us were resting and or celebrating Labour Day, Twitter also revealed the Discover Tab. This according to Twitter makes it easy to discover information that matters to you without having to follow additional accounts. So starting on the 1st May 2012, the Discover tab was to start appearing with content that is even more personalized and with signals to select Discover stories including Tweets that are popular among people that follow you.
Twitter Mobile has also changed. Yesterday, some users were able to see for the first time the redesigned version of Twitter, which the company introduced last December. Thanks to this new mobile version, feature phone owners will now be able to see the Discover and Me tabs.
This new look helps Twitter users to tell a proper narrative about why something is in the news and in a way one is able to find out what different people have to say about it. It organizes conversation and helps one to put things into context. The purpose of this new version is to cater to global audiences, especially in emerging countries where smartphones are still far from common. Twitter’s VP of Product Satya Patel: “We will continue to make Twitter the most accessible way to connect with the world, even with the weakest signals and the simplest devices.”
The personalization for Andriod, iphone amongst others will be rolled out soon as time goes by. Twitpic just announced the release of its own iPhone app, complete with a photo editor and filters. But this is definitely 2012. And I cannot wait to see what else is in store. Enjoy the twitter.com experience y’all. It is a good one!
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