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Twitter grows up | Resolution Square

Twitter grows up

One of the ironies of Twitter has been that the more successful it has become, the more users have turned to third party applications (Tweetdeck, Ubertwitter etc) to run their Twitterverse, the general feeling being that although we love the micro-blogging concept, the host platform itself hasn’t offered us much to keep us there.

As they now look to make their millions (and deservedly so) from their efforts, Twitter Towers have clearly decided that one of the ways they’re going to do that is by encouraging us to spend more time on their site and not on others.  So the new Twitter started rolling out last night.  No idea how long it’s going to take to reach us all but when it arrives, it promises us a far more integrated experience.  We’ll be able to embed videos and images with ease (they’ve signed partnerships with many of the multimedia hosters such as Flickr, TwitPic, YouTube etc) and there’s the addition of a second ‘details’ pane which will offer either a user profile or additional info relating to a tweet (@ replies, geo-tagging, other tweets by the user etc).

It’s definitely a step forward but I’m unlikely to abandon TweetDeck because I find their column set-up perfect for following certain users and tags.  I want to know less about a particular tweet and more about tweets in a wider context.  But as my new mantra is ‘change is good’ I’ll give it a go when it finally reaches Carshalton.

Here’s Twitter’s official explanation of it all which seems pretty clear, and their explanatory video which doesn’t really explain much, least of all why they’ve edited it like this:

For another take on the new Twitter, check out Mashable

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