This is the Twitter you’ve been used to for years. Sure, there are some new ads, it all looks a little different, and when you click on Tweets they expand into “Cards.” But it’s still essentially Twitter, in that it’s a stream of 140-character messages posted in strict reverse-chronological order.
It’s basically a list of the most popular Tweets from people you follow, or people they follow, expanded into full Card form. Depending on your tech diet, it will remind you of:
- The Facebook newsfeed
- The Tumblr Dashboard
- Apps like Flipboard or Pulse
- A blog
Twitter announces new changes almost every week. Today’s announcement was about Cards, which in addition to video and photos can now embed sounds and interactive elements, such as poll widgets.
So, take a good look at Cards: those are the new Tweets. And take a good look at the “Discover” page, because — and this is just an educated guess, but one I’m confident in based on past reporting — that, eventually, will be the main Twitter homepage.
Old Twitter — the stream of Tweets — will of course remain; it’s the backbone of the whole thing, and the material from which the Discover-style content flow is built.
But for the majority of users, for whom Twitter is about reading rather than Tweeting or obsessively tracking news, it will become secondary. Just another tab.
- Donald Trump just announced he will "totally accept" the election results….if he wins.
- People are really pissed over this "Grab Her By The Brain" campaign based on Donald Trump's comments about women.
- Think before you trust Facebook: Hyperpartisan pages are posting false or misleading information up to 38% of the time 💻⁉️
- This guy casually sat in a flooding Starbucks during intense storms in Hong Kong and became the internet's newest hero.