By Lauren Haberkorn
Recently, Twitter officially announced the newest version of their website through a post on The Twitter Blog. According to company spokeswoman Carolyn Penner, “the new experience is finally real for everyone—all 160 million of you—and in six languages to boot.” She also added that for those not yet ready for the adjustment, the “old Twitter” will be also be available for the next couple weeks before the entire website changes permanently to the “new Twitter.”
Some of the new and improved features include the ease of ability to view threaded conversations, and more accessible navigation tools. Also convenient is the ability to respond to direct messages while viewing old messages sent between the user and the person they are responding to. Most notably, however, is the new support for different types of multimedia viewed over the Internet. Twitter users will no longer have to leave the site or open new windows to view live streaming videos or images—a new tool most widely used recently, when a speech by President Obama live streamed on MTV, BET, and CMT to answer Twitter-submitted questions.
It seems obvious that Twitter felt the need to launch this new version of itself considering the third party publishers that have come out with add-ons and applications for the company’s website, like PowerTwitter, TwitterBar and Twitterlicious to name a few. These applications are designed to fit specific users needs, like the Windows application MadTwitter, and Twitterrific for the Mac. Only time will tell if Twitter can keep up with all of the web developers aiming towards the same goal—to make Twitter easier and more fun for its users.
Lauren Haberkorn is a junior majoring in Corporate Communication at the Diederich College of Communication.