All New Twitter Begins To Roll Out

by Ferman Aziz

Twitter has begun to roll out a new revamped version of its website to US users and will continue to make it available to international users over the next few days. The new site is bringing some massive changes in the user interface, tools and multimedia support for the first time. This is the biggest change that Twitter is making since its birth and it’s going to take a little getting used to before users get comfortable and accept the radical change that’s about to hit them.

The announcement and the unveiling of the new Twitter was made at an official press event on Tuesday where Twitter co-founder Evan Williams revealed that the micro blogging network is seeing about 90 million Tweets per day. Traffic to has grown about 100% this year and users on mobile devices are up 250%, with 16% of new users starting to use the service on mobile devices. Williams also revealed that there are on average 370,000 new sign-ups per day which is of course adding to the 145 million strong user base at lightening speed. Twitter also boasts of 300,000 registered apps in the Twitter ecosystem.

The new user interface that we’ll start seeing soon is similar to Twitter’s iPad app which was released recently and experts called it better than the official website. Now there is a dual screen with your home/profile page on the left and all the technical information (number of followers, following, lists etc) on the right. The reason for creating a whole page for this info (which was easily available on the old interface in a much thinner column on the right side) is none other than the much awaited multi media support that Twitter is introducing for the first time.

It was revealed at the Twitter press event that 25% of tweets contain links to various multimedia sites and clicking on them takes you to the particular site to view the content. Not any more. Now the content will be embedded to Twitter and clicking on a link will display it in the right hand column on your homepage. Twitter has brought 16 media providers on board, including YouTube, DailyBooth, DeviantART, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, TwitVid, USTREAM, Vimeo and yfrog.

Other changes include the new options available on the top of your homepage (Timeline, @Mentions, Retweets, Searches and Lists) keyboard shortcuts, Flickr set support, easier direct messaging, clear Retweet and favourite labels, bigger profile page icons, new default Twitter profile photo, a new way to Tweet by clicking on a paper/pen icon on top of the page and much more.

The changes are still being rolled out and discovered by users. You can check out the video below to get introduced to the new Twitter and inform us about any thing new you discover.

[via Mashable]

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