Twitter rolled out a new version of its home page September 14. This video (maybe about halfway through, that is) shows you the new interface, and how it’s been updated. The main changes are the addition of pictures and videos, displayed right in your Twitter feed. Rather than having to click a shortened URL link through to a Twitter photo sharing site, or to YouTube or Vimeo to watch a video – you will now be able to see these media items right in your feed, on Twitter.com.
The update could be live for some users today (Sept. 15) but if it’s not for you, don’t worry, it will be rolling out to all users in the coming days.
Interesting to note that the updated feed, for now at least, will be available only to those users who check their feed directly on Twitter.com… which according to Twitter at the announcement, is an astounding 78% of all Twitter users. I’m very surprised at this, as I had assumed that most users accessed Twitter via TweetDeck or Seesmic, one of the Twitter smartphone clients, or any of the other dozens of third party Twitter clients available now. I am betting it will not be long before these third party apps are updated to take advantage of the new feed.
I am also curious to see how this plays out in terms of the much-used Facebook-Twitter connection, where Facebook users can connect their Twitter account, so that all their Facebook updates are automatically tweeted as well. Will this connection be updated to allow for photos and videos to make it through to their Twitter feeds? I would not be surprised if this were the case.
My personal account (http://twitter.com/brianhoney) is not updated yet, but from what I can see in the launch video, I like the new interface, it looks much like Facebook does, more of an engaging display, rather than the typical 140-character listings.
Anyone out there already have the updated Twitter.com interface? I would love to hear your comments.