New Twitter design – a video tour

by on January 27, 2012

The good news is that Twitter has not changed much in terms of functionality with their new design – it’s mostly just a matter of a new look and a new interface. Several important Twitter functions can now be found in a different place, so it is a little confusing and takes some getting used to.

OLD Twitter design…

Old Twitter design

Old Twitter Design



…VS. the NEW Twitter design

New Twitter design

New Twitter design

Given that, I thought I’d do up a quick little video to tour you around the new Twitter design, and hopefully make it easier for you when you go to use it.

I’ll be covering:
•    Where everything has moved to including @mentions, direct messages, and lists
•    Changes in how specific functions are laid out
•    Additional information that’s now easier to access

Don’t notice the new design yet when you login to Twitter? That’s because they are slowly rolling it out. I just got it yesterday. If you’re gung-ho and want to use the new Twitter design now, here are some instructions for unlocking the new look via mobile phone.

I’ve gone over the major changes in the above video, but if you need it, here’s an overview of ALL the features and where you can access them in the new design.

If you’re a user of the Twitter interface and you access it via your mobile device, scroll down to the end of this post to get more details about mobile changes.

Twitter also announced that it will be releasing Twitter pages for business. Only a small handful of companies have been granted access to them so far, but you can expect that they will be rolling out soon. Don’t panic! As a small biz owner, I wouldn’t worry about this possibility too much; just keep on doing what you’re doing. Your existing account (and all the hard work you’ve put in) will not go anywhere and will continue to be just fine. Want more details – read about Twitter business pages.

The world of social media is constantly changing and can be hella overwhelming – don’t feel like you have to do it all. Just think about where your people are and focus on the channels that they like best. And if you just can’t take on another social channel, or another new feature right now – don’t. Better to focus your efforts and do a few channels well, than try to do them all and do them poorly. I give you permission to be choosy 🙂

What are your thoughts? Do you like it? Hate it? Or just plain don’t use the Twitter interface itself to tweet?

Comments, likes and tweets are always appreciated! Did I mention that I LOVE your feedback?


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Loretta Zortman February 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for the heads-up about the new Twitter format. Yes, I do use Twitter, but not as often as I really should. I think I’ll like this new format — glad you gave me a tour first, though. 🙂 Thx again!


Martina February 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

Glad it was useful Loretta!


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