The New and Improved Twitter Is Here
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~ BY MONICA HUNT
Growing pains abound in the tech sphere: iOS 6 users woke up this morning to find Google maps has vanished, Facebook is always changing something, and Twitter just launched their alterations to the beloved platform.
One of the biggest improvements (or decline if you’re a Twitter purist), is the addition of a larger, more prominent cover image to accompany user profiles — keeping up with the industry standard seen with other social media platforms Google+ and Facebook — and higher emphasis on image sharing. This is an obvious attempt at not only keeping up with competitors, but giving users the sense that your Twitter account is emblematic of you. Since Twitter is a stream of consciousness spouting off at every second, it makes sense they’d add this simple tweak in order to make user accounts more personable. Twitter is also working on making the photo sharing/tweeting process easier, since the current method via mobile devices is neither speedy nor easy.
Additionally, Twitter is getting rid of third party photo sharing services like Twitpic and yfrog in an effort to become more like Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr where users upload their photos directly into the platform. The cover photo and emphasis on imagery, however, isn’t the crowning achievement of Twitter reborn.
Twitter has been in the process of streamlining the app, preventing developers from creating mobile apps for phones and the iPad that try to mimic the Twitter experience. From now on, Twitter will provide an app that is consistent across all devices, thus making the Twitter experience for users the same across the board — which is a good thing.
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