Twitter are working hard to reward their shareholders…and finally turn a profit. They opened up the Timeline to popular tweets from people you don’t follow, a big departure from the user curated Timeline of old. This is, however, leading to a growing user base who are, *sigh*, flocking to Twitter as it begins to more closely resemble the Facebook they know.
The latest revamp is the new Twitter user revamp that will help new Twitter users understand the service. Anyone who’s a social media junkie can tell you right away what Twitter is all about, but the average user still doesn’t know that first time they sign up. This article will show you step by step what a new user can expect. Later I’ll talk about some other news in new Twitter user land.
New Twitter user revamp: What it’s all about
The first aspect of the new Twitter user revamp is the front page. The front page rotates through a series of photos, rather than being a static page. There’s nothing static about the constantly moving Twitter, so this is an appropriate move. Here are a few photos that scroll past as you wait on the front page:
You’ll notice in the bottom left hand corner that each photo gives credit to the @username of the person who tweeted it out. Click on that link and it takes you to the actual tweet from the user:
— Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid) July 12, 2014
This should help build a new user’s understanding of what you can do, and what you can see, on Twitter. I mean, the photo above was taken IN SPACE by an ASTRONAUT. How cool is that?
How you find people in the new Twitter user revamp
The second aspect of how the new Twitter user revamp works is related to how you find people. Twitter is relying more on this, helping new users find people they know, or celebrities they are interested in, than trying to explain how the Twitter Timeline works.
The thinking behind this is likely that once you get people following a bunch of people they know, the Timeline becomes intuitive. This is a good move as you can explain some concepts to death, but showing them in action usually leads to faster results.
One other thing that they didn’t sneak past me was the “Tailor Twitter based on past website visits” option. Some may like this, some may not like being tracked everywhere they go online:
Next, Twitter helps guides new users through their interests. This is where the experience changes from the old intro. The Devumi Gorilla chose “Popular accounts,” “Music,” “Sport,” and “Art and Design” as his interests. A number of suggestions were made based on his location and interests selected. Twitter asks you to choose 40 before moving on. The Devumi Gorilla has own account, so I’ll skip following anyone.
You’re then taken to the same old Import Contacts screen, but with new graphics:
Once you get past this they throw you in the deep end right to your Twitter Timeline. A bunch of tweets will pop up from those you have selected, tweets based on websites you’ve visited will show up, and the new Twitter user revamp is complete. This may be the perfect time for a new Twitter user to join, get to know the service, and check out our Twitter followers service to get rid of that big fat zero in their own followers column.
A New Twitter user can never use Twitpic!
In other Twitter news, Twitpic, the third-party Twitter app, has closed it’s doors due to Twitter itself muscling out third-party developers who are, in their eyes, taking a share of their pie.
Twitpic announced this on their blog, but added a little surprise for those who thought that their photos, over seven years worth, would be gone forever:
“We weren’t able to find a way to keep Twitpic independent. However, I’m happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being. Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data. Also, since Twitpic’s user base consists of Twitter users, it makes sense to keep this data with Twitter.”
A new Twitter user can not, however, add more photos to Twitpic. It is now a one way street where photos only go out and no new ones can go into the service.
A famous new Twitter user: The Queen’s first tweet
I know, I know. This has been reported to death, but when you grow up with the Queen on your money, as posters in your school, and as the most celebrated of visitors to your country, you can’t help but make a comment on this new Twitter user.
The Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth sent out her very first tweet over the @BritishMonarchy account, celebrating a new science exhibition at the London Science Museum:
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.
— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014
If you’re a new Twitter user, don’t expect the kind of retweets and favorites that The Queen got: She’s a bit of a special case! Check out another new Twitter user from back in the day, his first tweet didn’t do anywhere near the numbers of The Queen, and he ended up leader of the free world!
Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq. Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007
Feature image from Geralt.