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Scientists aren’t the only set of people experimenting in their labs all day. The new age scientists of Social Media burning the midnight oil at the Twitter lab seem to be conjuring up experiments too and those that will change the way you look at Twitter. Or should we say the way the new Twitter interface will look at you?
Just weeks after rolling out small changes to the now erstwhile Twitter interface, the team has gone ahead with a complete revamp of the desktop experience.
The older version was designed keeping the multiplying mobile usage in mind. The new one on the other hand, looks like the Social Media rival Facebook has had a major influence on it.
The new interface has been rolled out to only a limited set of users in the first lot.
Note: The changes appear only on a users ‘profile page’
What has changed?
The profile page better known as “ME” has a marked difference with your profile image enlarged and appearing to the left. The cover image stands at the centre of the page highlighted and more visible than before.
Right below it you will see sections for your
Each of these present quite an interface oriented surprise when you click on them individually.
The New Twitter Interface
Below the enlarged cover image are the three major columns that define your Twitter experience.
The vital tweet stream hails at the centre of the screen in a large column, with all your tweets. The interesting part is when tweets with larger levels of engagement on it (Retweets, Favourites) are enlarged displaying that these tweets in particular had a larger reach. Probably giving users an insight on what to tweet in order to garner a higher reach and increase followers thereof.
To the left of the *not so easy to miss* tweet stream is your bio which you composed while creating your Twitter profile. It also tells you the date you joined Twitter. And then throws in all the photos you shared.
This time, the ‘trending topics’ appears to the right. Now that’s a big ‘shift’.
The Finer Things
The revamp doesn’t end just here. The new Twitter Interface has emphasized focus on core content too – Images, follower profiles and other Twitter elements of a user.
The photos/videos section display enlarged images with the tweet message and the number of RT’s & Favourites all in vertical columns of two. An extremely groovy looking change, this.
The followers and following tab too have quite an attractive outlay. Small boxes in vertical columns of three appear. They bear a shrinked-out image of the ‘new profile and cover image’ duo with the bio description and the Twitter handle. You can follow these users directly from here, and it also tells you if you are being followed by these individuals.
Though it may seem like a clutter, it really isn’t.
So that’s about it.
Twitter has been facing the heat over months for apps like Tweet Deck, Hoot Suite, Tweet Caster etc. having better interfaces. This ought to show them.
Looking at the bigger picture, social media wars have just gotten more cut-throat. This is another interface revamp in very short succession by Twitter in its attempt to reign over the microblogging and social media world.
Will the small Twitter experiments leading to the big one work well? Will this be the last change of its kind for a long time on Twitter interfaces? Or will the users distance itself given the volatile nature of changes? What are you going to do when you see an all new Twitter profile?