Twitter Announcement: New Interface for Twitter.com
Twitter Interface Change: Relaunching Twitter.com
Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams announced some big changes to Twitter's user interface. Twitter is bringing photos and videos directly into the stream. Also, each tweet will be expandable to show more info on its content and sender. Twitter is partnering with 16 new media companies, including TwitPic, Vimeo, Justin.tv, Ustream, and Youtube.
The "more" button at the bottom of your stream will be gone, and you';ll be able to scroll through all of your tweets. No more waiting for additional database calls. This has been a huge advantage for third-party clients until now. Also, the right-hand block will become more navigable.
A Faster, Easier Twitter
The new Twitter interface is promised to be easier to use, as well as faster. This will draw more users back to the Twitter web property, as so many use third-party applications. The changes are geared toward the easier management of existing content, and toward making it easier to find new people to follow. Let's face it: you're just not following people like you used to.
Does Twitter Want to Be Facebook?
If users can play videos directly from their Twitter feeds, then Twitter just took a bite out of Facebook, whose own feed, in turn, borrowed from Twitter's own UI. It's a circle-of-life thing: Twitter wants to become Facebook, which wanted to become Twitter.
Twitter's changes recognize the growth of mobile users who access their tweets via smartphone (as opposed to via SMS): dedicated Twitter apps for Blackberry, Android, iPhone and so forth.