Top Tweets Personalized To You Are Now Appearing In Your Discovery Tab

In May Twitter had changed the Discovery tab to include more personalization on content discovery. That change was an improvement, but focused on top stories & content, not necessarily Tweets. The new change is geared more to popular Tweets than just news articles. When a user now clicks on the Discovery tab, they see "Tweets, What's happening now, tailored for you."  All of the selected Tweets auto-display images and article data which is a nice touch. As an irregular Twitter user, this is a big improvement. I can jump on, check the Discovery tab and see what people are saying -- [...]

Costolo: Interactive Tweets, Curation Tool & Downloadable Tweet Archives Coming Soon

twitter-logo-2012-new You may have missed the news late Friday, but Twitter CEO Dick Costolo gave a few sneak previews of the company's road map at a meeting of the Online News Association in San Francisco. Reuters was among several sources that recapped Costolo's appearance. Here's a look at some of the items that Costolo said are on Twitter's radar: Tweet Curation: Costolo mentioned a free tool that will let users "handpick and publish selections of tweets," as Reuters described it -- a curation tool, essentially. It sounds similar to what Storify currently offers. (Here's an example of my Storify curations [...]

Up Close With Twitter’s New Header Photos For Profiles

twitter-header-marketingland-featured In case you missed the big announcement on the Today Show yesterday morning, Twitter has updated profiles with a new Timeline-like header photo that will appear across platforms, transitioning the social channel to become more visual and image-centric. How To Update Your Twitter Profile Header There isn't an obvious "update" on your profile, though, you'll need to go into your account settings and make these changes yourself (take it from someone who waited an hour to see if the roll out would "hit" my account.) To get the new look, you'll need to log in, go to the gear icon in the top right [...]

Twitter Drops Client Source Data By Stripping Out The “Via” Tag

via-Twitter In an effort to create a uniform, homogeneous environment, Twitter has yanked Tweet data that shows the particular Twitter client used to post a Tweet. Traditionally, users could view a Tweet on the web and look to the "via" tag to see how the Tweet was posted. The following shows the old view (above) and the new view (below): This new changes helps to make the Twitter experience more uniform, as Tweets aren't coming in from a variety of sources and devices. However, this will remove some visibility for the apps/clients that are being used. Traditionally, a user could click on th [...]

Better Browsing & Navigation Elements Added To Tweetdeck

After an extended period of time letting the Tweetdeck sit stagnant, Twitter is enhancing the functionality and usability of the popular app.  In March Twitter added list management, actvities and editable Retweets.  Today Tweetdeck is getting an enhanced navigation, easier response items and  better column management. Columns will be laid out in one seamless row where users can simply click to view more to the left or right.  Clicking on the new arrows will allow users to view several columns at a time.  If you ever want to view all columns, simply click on the columns button at t [...]

New “Expanded Tweets” Help Make Twitter More Interactive

WWE-content Tweets are now more interactive with the addition of Twitter's "Expanded Tweets." The new functionality allows any Tweet that contains links to partner websites the ability to pull images, preview content, play videos and more, directly from the tweet: Another nice feature of Expanded Tweets is the mobile support. Users on the Twitter mobile client will see the Expanded Tweet just as if they were viewing on the web. Some of the partner sites included are: The New York Times The Wall Street Journal MSNBC's Breaking News TIME The San Francisco Chronicle BuzzFeed TMZ [...]

Twitter Cuts Load Time By 80% & Gets Rid Of Hashbangs In URLs

While Twitter's performance is leaps and bounds above their previous "fail whale" days, it will only get faster.  In a blog post yesterday, the Twitter engineering team announced that they have reviewed their entire technology stack in a mission to optimize the site's speed. With the "New Twitter" the UI rendering occurred via JavaScript on users' browsers on both web and mobile interfaces.  With recent changes, the rendering has been moved back to the server.  This means that initial load times have been dropped to 1/5th of what they were, or an 80% drop. One item that you will s [...]

Twitter Now Offers Uniform Mobile Web Experience To All

No smartphone? No problem, at least not when it comes to using Twitter on the go. The company has announced an update to its mobile web version at that makes it more uniformly consistent with how smartphone users experience Twitter. It has the same four icon/button menu -- Home, @mentions, Connect (#) and Profile -- that you're already familiar with, and Twitter says its new mobile version is "fast, like a native mobile app; it uses one-third less bandwidth than the previous iteration." That'll be good news for Twitter users in countries where smartphone penetration [...]

Twitter Adds More Personalization On The ‘Discover’ Tab To Improve Content Discovery

Twitter logo Twitter continues its long-running effort to help users discover content with Tuesday's announcement that the Discover tab is using more personalization signals. In its blog post, Twitter says that the content showing on the Discover tab is being sourced, in part, by algorithms identifying tweets that are popular among the user you follow, and the users they follow. Next to each popular story, you'll see context on why it's there, such as the Twitter avatars of your contacts that have shared the story. There are also links to view popular tweets about the story or to tweet your own resp [...]

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