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Twitter Considers New Changes, Testing A "Timeline"

Have you been to the Twitter home page lately? Notice anything different?

Apparently Twitter is making changes to their site and calling it a new “timeline” (which, if that sounds familiar, it’s because Facebook has made a similar change; wonder if Twitter will get sued too?).

According to an article at Pinglio, the changes have already been rolled out for some folks:

The new Timeline allows users to click individual tweets to expand conversations, media, and RTs. Alternatively, when hovering over a tweet, an Open link appears and can be clicked to expanding the tweet. Once opened, a Close link appears to close the expanded tweet.

Personally, I’m pretty excited about the threaded conversation element (already a feature in the direct messaging portion of Twitter) because wouldn’t that be lovely? When you’re having multiple conversations on Twitter, threaded conversations would make things much easier (but would NOT work, I don’t think for Twitter parties!).

Tech Buzz mentioned that Twitter has been mum on its blog about these changes, and hints that they are simply being tested right now.

…it seems like Twitter wants to remove the slider feature, and integrate something more interactive. The features surely look good enough, however there isn’t any confirmation from Twitter yet, and it is not yet clear whether it plans to roll out the new timeline design to all of its users.

Another great feature of these changes is featuring media (videos and photos) within the tweets themselves, cutting down on clicks out of Twitter itself. We Are Social claims that this is to stay competitive with Tumblr:

By including media in the posts, and not the sidebar, the changes also allow Twitter to stay competitive with fellow microblogging site Tumblr, who have seen phenomenal growth over the past year due to the visual nature of the dashboard Tumblr’s answer to the timeline/newsfeed.

The other two changes of interest are that when you retweet something, a drop down section will appear within the tweet telling you who else has retweeted it, which can be handy in tracking down the original tweeter.

Lastly, when you click on a profile, instead of taking you to the sidebar, a pop-up window (very much like Facebook’s new photo pop-up box) will appear. I find myself wondering if Twitter is freeing up the sidebar for advertising.

Time will tell, eh?

So, have you seen any of these changes yet in your Twitter stream?

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