As you may have already heard, Twitter has announced some new updates to their popular social networking service, including a new design, as well as making the service work better with various forms of media, such as pictures and videos.
Twitter’s new design will feature links to your @replies, mentions, retweets, lists, and searches above your timeline, instead of on the right sidebar, like it was before this update. Instead, the right sidebar will feature users who recently followed you and vice versa, as well as your favorites and the list of trending topics.
Also, Twitter’s new design is more “media friendly”, as users can now view pictures, videos, and other media right in their timeline, rather than having to click on a link and go to a third-party website. Some of Twitter’s partners, which enable this feature are DailyBooth, DevianArt, Etsy, Flickr, TwitPic, TwitVid, YouTube, Vimeo, yFrog, UStream, as well as other partners.
The new redesign of Twitter also enables users to discover related content, which they can do by clicking on a tweet, which will provide users with a “details” pane that displays more information about the author or subject of the tweet. Some examples of what you may see in the “details” pane include @replies, other tweets by the user, a map where a geotagged tweet was sent from, as well as other things.
Another new feature would be Mini Profiles, which enable a user to find out more information about another user by clicking on someone’s @username. Doing this will display account information, the user’s bio, as well as their recent tweets.
According to Twitter, these new features will be rolling out over the next few weeks as a preview. During this time, users will be able to switch back and forth between both the new and previous version of Twitter.
If you’d like to learn more about the new version of Twitter, you can do so by going to Twitter.com/newtwitter.