Have you been living under a rock? I have. So, when I logged into Twitter to share our latest post, I was surprised to see that yet again, a social media staple has taken on a new look (the last one, for me, was Facebook and its Timeline thing). Apparently, I really have been living under a rock, because according to Twitter’s blog, “It’s been available for mobile phones, via the mobile web, Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android, and we’ve been rolling it out steadily to Twitter.com. Now, everyone has access to it.”
I was given access to the older new version of Twitter before most of the other users, so I will forgive them this time for not giving me early access. (Or maybe they did, but, again, I’ve been under a giant rock).
Like the committed publisher that I am striving to be, I thought that nothing would be more timely than to discuss this new interface and the PROs. Since I always lean toward describing what sucks, I thought it might be useful to dive into the benefits and leave the cons for other haters.
It took me a little while, especially since I abhor major interface changes, but I did finally come up with 5 really nice things about the new Twitter interface, which they are affectionately calling the “New version of Twitter.” Love it.
1. Clean Layout for Interactions
Interactions are basically everything that anyone does connected to you. It includes mentions and retweets, but it also includes your new followers WHEN they followed you. I find that very informative. If someone followed me three weeks ago, and I never followed them back, well, that would be typical but wow I am still really embarrassed about that. The clean and clear delineations here make it much easier to be a responsible and friendly person, if that’s what you’re into (and who isn’t?).
2. See Your Followers/Following Activity
While Twitter claims that the Discover feature “lets you tap into a stream of useful and entertaining information, customized just for you,” I found that the Stories portion is a giant yawn. I’m not interested in that. I am, however, interested in who my friends and followers are now following. That’s incredibly useful information. To find that out, just go to Discover>Activity as seen in the image above.
3. Easy to Use Profile Interface
I love the new profile interface and how simple and clean the layout is. There is nothing earth-shattering about it, except that with the tendency for web app developers to go crazy over-complicating things, it’s refreshing to be able to do exactly what you want to do in 1 or 2 clicks. Change your account name? Check. Change your password? Check. Change your picture? Check. Done.
4. Post Tweets to Facebook with One Click
Another cool feature that perhaps some people may enjoy is the super easy way to posts your Tweets to Facebook. Just click the big button “Post Tweets to Facebook,” connect to Facebook, and you’re done. I don’t use this feature and because I’ve been under a big rock, this may have been there before. In that case, forgive my severe lateness!
Because I haven’t used it, I’m not sure what it looks like on Facebook’s end. If you do, please take a screenshot, send it to me, and I’ll update this post with it (and credit you of course).
5. Easily EMBED Tweets – Any Tweet – To Your Website or Blog
Twitter has now provided a way to actually embed Tweets – fully-functional – into your website or blog. When you open a Tweet (so that you are viewing its unique URL), there is an option labeled “Embed this tweet.” Click on it, and you’ll see the window as in the image above. You can then embed the tweet. You can use the provided HTML, WordPress shortcode, or a link (which is not really embedding, but it’s an option in case for some reason you can’t find the URL in your web browser. hmm.)
This is what it looks like when embedded. Notice that the links are active and that you can reply, retweet, or favorite the tweet right from here. Pretty cool, especially if you want to encourage someone to retweet something (I can see this being very useful in contests and stuff).
— Brent Peterson (@InterviewAngel) February 21, 2012
What it does NOT do is actually embed the image, which is what it should do. Below is what the real thing looks like on Twitter, which I really like.
What do you guys/ladies think of the new version of Twitter? Thumbs up, thumbs down?