New Twitter now comes with links

2010-09-16 00:00

TWITTER has a new-look website at

The new design essentially takes the form of a two-column grid, the left one being the Twitter everyone is familiar with. The right-hand column is simply a drop-down page that opens up any links in the tweets on the left, including all multimedia links.

Previously, users had to open a separate web page to view photos and videos. About a quarter of all tweets come with a link.

As part of the overhaul, Twitter announced agreements with 16 tech vendors, including YouTube, Flickr, uStream and, to enhance its new links.

More partnerships are in the pipeline.

The launch was received with mixed reactions. A number of serious twitterers use a multipronged approached to receive and send their tweets, with dashboards like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite being the most popular because of the seamless integration they offer to the Facebook news stream.

However, Twitter is growing at a rapid rate, with nearly 370 000 new sign-ups per day, and CEO Evan Williams says 75% of active users still opt for as their interface of choice. In terms of the information on Twitter, 90% is public.

Twitter currently has 160 million users, and says its mobile use is up 250% this year.

Williams said at yesterday’s launch in San Francisco that “to get value out of Twitter, you don’t have to tweet any more than you have to create a web page to use the web”.

Read more about New Twitter on Twitter at #NewTwitter.

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