Twitter gets a redesign

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Twitter.jpgI don’t think there’s anything else in my life that I have such a love/hate relationship with as Twitter. The addictive microblogging service is down several days each month, annoying for my Facebook friends (because I update 10 times a day) and annoying for those around me. I’ve never gone this far though.

In my humble opinion, Twitter’s top priority should be keeping its service up during heavy traffic. I’m scratching my head a bit about why it’s announced a redesign, then. It’s not a massive change – tabs that were on top of the main box are now on one side. The archive has disappeared, too (not that I ever used it anyway) but the biggest change is that the pages now use Ajax. No, not the cleaning product. It means that the page doesn’t have to refresh when it needs to display new content.

Lastly, the redesign will probably break any customization you’ve done on your page, so it’s lucky that they’ve launched a new profile designer. There are some very fetching default themes, or you can customize individual components with different colours and background images.

Tech Digest has its own Twitter feed here. We often announce breaking news there, while we’re still writing a full post on it, so it’s worth keeping an eye on. G’wan. Be our friend, and if you think we should follow you, too, then drop us a direct message.

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Duncan Geere

2 comments

  • I welcome any changes & additions to Twitter, and I am probably one of their biggest fans. Having said that, I still believe the Twexecutives in charge still don’t get it. I blogged a while back how what they really need to do is not their back-end (ya, I know how important that is as well), nor is it about moving the tabs (their redesign is a nice addition to their UI).

    There are still too many people who come to Twitter because of all their great buzz, and Twitter just wastes the opportunity. They more often then not come away with that “I don’t get it” comment, and never come back. Twitter could in one day, and with little resources simply post some tutorials, and explanatory pages to educate newbies. This would be the biggest ROI they could ever invest in. Hell, I don’t even work for them, and I have already blogged over a dozen ways that Tweeple, and businesses use Twitter differently.

    http://www.twitter.com/A_F

    • That’s very true, actually. I’ve tried to get a few people onto Twitter, but it only shows its value when lots of your friends are on it – like many Web 2.0 services. It’s tricky to get people to stay, but at least people are trying it.

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