How Twitter Has Improved and Made Itself Simple To Use

Twitter Has Improved and is Now More Simple!

Twitter is now a little easier to use with their latest update of their Twitter feed. It is making conversations on Twitter much easier now to follow and participate in. (Twitter revealed this yesterday on their blog).

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Oftentimes, many newbies on Twitter complain they just don’t get it or understand how to use this micro-blogging / social networking site. They don’t know how to see replies to their tweets with the messy format of replies and conversations on Twitter. Now, you will be able to click view other replies as well in conversations.

Therefore, Twitter realizes it must make it easier for the “average joe’s” to use Twitter. The “average joe’s” found Facebook easy to use but not Twitter. There are a billion registered users but only 302 million active users on Twitter. (Via Expanded Ramblings.)

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Now, Twitter is about to change that!  This new feature on Twitter will show a line between each tweet that is part of a conversation. It is NOT yet available on mobile but it soon will be. A great change for Twitter being over 10 years old!

Twitter Conversations

See the red line above? (The color may vary depending how you set your Twitter design). That’s how conversations will start to look in your Twitter feed. A little easier to follow, right? The view other will appear on the bottom right hand side of a tweet conversation. Hence, that is where you can view others replies to the tweet as well.

Other Ways Twitter Has Improved Lately

Re-Tweets – This is easy to do on your desktop now. I was able to with my Droid for some time (via quote) but now it’s a great option on your desktop, tablet or smartphone. It’s a personal way to add your comments to a re-tweet and make it a much more effective re-tweet!

Next, you can also go beyond the Twitter standard 140 character count. See the sample below from Mitch Mitchell who does many a retweet with a great comment.

Twitter is now less boring to many first time users. So if you haven’t been on Twitter in a while be sure to come along and tweet!

Extra Characters to Tweet

You can go over the 140 character count on Twitter now via:

  • Retweets. This feature now does not count towards your Twitter character count. Nice! This is another great reason Twitter has improved.
  • Tagging People. When you tag people the tags do not count as characters thus lengthening the tweet without using the 140 count.
  • Apps. There are many apps that can help you make your tweets fit with over 140 characters like Tall Tweets. It makes your tweets either in an image or in a sequence of tweets.
  • Twitter Cards. Twitter cards allows you to have a description with the image. Learn more on Twitter cards here if you haven’t used them. See below for my sample Twitter card via a tweet.


Do you like how Twitter has improved? What do you like best about the latest Twitter updates?


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  • Hi Lisa, I had noticed this change and it does make Twitter easier to read and conversations easier to follow. My favorite recent update is the Quote Tweet update that gives you more characters and makes it clear when you’re replying to someone.

    I hope Twitter keeps getting better so more people start using it.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks carolyn for coming by on this one. I like that too, we really needed a few more characters and I’m glad Twitter finally realized it. I think they will continue to make it better and easier for those that don’t use to use it more now. Have a great new week ahead Carolyn!

  • Siddaiah says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Twitter is improving its functionalities and these comment threads, Twitter cards are really helping publishers to reach more audiences, thank you for sharing these unknown information to me, because I am using Twitter only on mobile, from today onward I will try to open and use it on Desktop as well.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Siddaiah, you are welcome. Yes – do check out the desktop as well. It’s easy from all devices now to use Twitter with ease. I love the Twitter cards, they really make images from blog posts stick out in the Twitter feed. Thanks for coming by and have a great new week ahead there.

  • Nataly Auger says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Great info! I hadn’t noticed that we could write over 140 characters in retweet. I’ll check it out later! I also like the new line between each tweet of a same conversation. I think this will be much more visual!

    I love Twitter. It is one of my favorite social media, with Facebook.

    Thanks for sharing these updates with us! Hope you’re having a great week! 😛

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Nataly. Yes, it is much easier now with the re-tweet change. It is easier to see and use. Me too, I prefer it over Facebook though. You are welcome and I have. Just got back home, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Anja Skrba says:

    Oh I adore the new Twitter app! I don’t know if you noticed Lisa but they upgraded it and now you can handle multiple accounts at once! I hated before how I had to login and logout every minute just to check my private and my business Twitter! They’ve definitely improved it in every possible way.

    Kind regards

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Anja, yes, I did notice that a while back, it’ great! I used to use Tweetcaster before that. I hope more find it useful and will use Twitter more often. Thanks for coming by Anja and welcome to Inspire to Thrive!

      • Anja Skrba says:

        Good to be here Lisa 🙂 iI can’t wait to see what’s they gonna do next with Twitter!
        Hope you’re having a great day!


        • Lisa says:

          Thanks Anja, me too. I hope they don’t make too many changes quickly though so we can keep up. Thanks for coming by and have a great new week ahead.

  • Smachizo says:

    I really likes those new improvments from twitter.
    It’s now easy to RT a tweet and to embed on a website.
    Thank for the post

    • Lisa says:

      Yes, they are quite good improvements Smachizo. I love the changes too. You are very welcome and welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Have a great rest of the weekend.

  • Hey Lisa,

    When I first saw twitter I was quite confused and didn’t understand the buzz behind it. That was until I put the twitter up on my android and for some reason it made a lot more sense to me versus on my laptop. The read line will definitely make even more sense to users who are confused by it. I reminds me of Triberr’s set up. I also found out in July twitter is going to break the 140 character limit even more which I believe will I believe a lot of people will be happy about. I know I will although it has help me write better copy as far as headlines 😉

    Thanks for sharing Lisa! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

    I found your post on under the category of Social Media

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Sherman, yes, I think that does make a difference! In most cases it is easier on the Droid than desktop. The only thing on my Droid I don’t see conversations, I have to go to desktop for those. I hope Twitter updates that in the near future. It is amazing how many different ways we can use Twitter too between devices and apps. Weather was beautiful here this weekend, I hope yours was good too. Have a great new week Sherman. Thanks for coming by!

  • Shobha Ponnappa says:

    Hey Lisa,

    Yes, Facebook is surely a lot easier to use and much better in interface in general.

    However, good to see twitter improve. Another thing I recently noticed that they have changed the hashtag page. It now has more features and is much more organized too.

    Good to see Re-tweets don’t count towards the characters anymore. I remember people used to leave some characters for the re-tweets so that people can add their opinion about the tweet. Good to know that the hashtag don’t count towards the characters too, that is another great update. Hopefully the images will stop counting to the characters as well in the future.

    I hope they continue to improve the conversation, even with the changes it still don’t look that good as an interface.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Shobha, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. It’s funny because I find Twitter easier to use but I think it’s because I spend more time there. Hashtag page? What do you mean by that? Yes, I’m happy about that with the re-tweets.
      Thank you for coming by and sharing your input on Twitter with us here. Have a great day!

  • Lawrence Berry says:

    These are some great improvements in my opinion. I really like the fact that you will be able to replies to your tweets a lot easier and that you can go over the twitter character count in some instances. I use twitter on a daily basis, so I may not be the “average joe” when it comes to twitter, but I know these improvements will still be beneficial. Twitter is a popular social media platform and the more improvements they continue to make, the more popular it will become.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Lawrence, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Glad to hear you use Twitter a lot. I think you are right the more improvements they make the more popular it will become. It is just getting those not so “average Joe’s” to tweet daily 🙂 Thanks for coming by and adding your input on this one. Have a great day Lawrence!

  • Corina Ramos says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I love Twitter. It’s my favorite social site. I noticed the quote via retweet just the other day. I mainly tweet from Hootsuite so it was a sweet surprise to see that. I’m going to sign on and see how the conversation bar looks like and play with the colors. 🙂

    Thanks for always keeping us updated with the latest in social media! You rock lady!

    Hope you’re having a great week!


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Corina, me too 🙂 I usually tweet from mobile and the Buffer. I did try Tweetdeck out again and it reminded me a lot of Hootsuite. You are welcome Corina and I hope you had a nice weekend. Have a great new week and see you back in the socialverse!

  • metz says:

    Hello Lisa,

    I’m actively using Twitter and yes, I’ve noticed the improvement. I am of the same opinion it is simple to use not like before, easier to follow people, Retweeting also changed and I love it. It is almost the same as re-sharing a post on Facebook.

    The changing of theme colors is awesome too. This is just right for people who wants to make their account more attractive to.

    The only problem I have is that I can’t share videos or clip-arts like others. I tried it on PC and on my phone but seem it won’t allow me to add one.

    Thanks for sharing Lisa! Know I know that we can go beyond 140 characters now even we’ll tag people. Haven’t noticed that one. 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Metz, glad to hear you did notice the changes and that it is easier for you. I like the color change too. Strange on the video, do you use Vine or the other Periscope? Those work well with video on Twitter. I’ll have to double check on that one 🙂
      You are welcome and thanks for coming by Metz, have a great new week!

  • Rachel Kruse says:

    Twitter Inc. belongs to the social media network giants along with the company is performing almost everything to make sure that people start to sign up more on it instead of looking for Facebook. Cool features !! keep it up !

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Rachel, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Oh yes, they certainly are. I’m glad and hope more of my Facebook friends jump on the Twitter bandwagon. Thanks for coming by and commenting Rachel, have a great day!

  • Nirmala says:

    You’ve well explained the fresh Twitter features, Lisa. I’m rare Twitter user and thus I didn’t look at these changes specifically the red line. Good to know the increase in tweeting count through RT.

    Twitter is becoming smart by introducing some innovative features and thanks for consolidating for us.

    I’ve landed here from and left my comment over there too 😛

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Nirmala, thank you. Really? You don’t use Twitter often? It’s my favorite of the social networking sites. I know you are on Google+ often, is that your fav? Thanks for coming by and sharing on Kingged as well Nirmala. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

      • Nirmala says:

        Yes Lisa, I use Twitter rarely. You’re very exact, G+ is my favourite 😀

        Yeah Kingged is awesome to network with other bloggers 😛

  • Sunday says:

    Its good to know that we can extend beyond the 140 characters using the retweet features of Twitter. Indeed Twitter has improved and made itself simple to use.

    Many marketers are sure of taking advantage of these simple features to improve their social marketing.

    Twitter has come to stay and its changing the face of social marketing pretty fast!

    I left the above comment in as well.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Sunday, yes it good to know. I didn’t realize they had so many apps to extend a tweet too. I believe it’s here to stay too. It really is my favorite site to use. Thanks for coming by and sharing on Kingged as well and have a great rest of your week!

  • Good stuff! I wanted to first thank you for using my example above; publicity is always nice. 😀 Second, I use TweetDeck, which is owned by Twitter, and when they made the change to the website they did the same thing there. Course, they’ve always had the “conversation” link you could click but this might work better. I do like the ability to add something to a RT from time to time. What I miss though is the ability to alter the previous tweet, because sometimes you’d like to remove a few people you don’t know from the conversation.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Mitch, thanks. Of course you are welcome – you are good with doing that often, adding a personal message to the RT’s. I just logged into TweetDeck, it reminds me more of Hootsuite now. I’m so glad they got rid of that annoying bird chirping sound it once had. Oh yes, you have to do it manually if you want when you reply. I’d love ability to edit tweets, some day! Thanks for coming by Mitch and have a terrific Thursday.

  • Adrienne says:

    Hey Lisa,

    Since I’m rarely on Twitter I hadn’t noticed these changes. I just jumped over there before leaving this comment and I guess they’re not noticeable at this moment in the tweet stream.

    I’m still using TweetDeck so you can just click on an icon and the conversation will open up so that’s always been really nice. I like that you can now tweet several people and those won’t count as characters. I hate when I want to say something to a lot of people yet they all count with the original tweet.

    Thank you for staying on top of the changes at Twitter. You’re our go to girl for all the new scoop. Love it Lisa and thank you so much.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Adrienne, Twitter usually does it in a rollout, I’ve seen it on several conversations which is why I made the screenshot. And it’s not yet on mobile, just desktop. Thanks for reminding to check out Tweetdeck again. That’s how it is with the tagging now too, nice! You are welcome Adrienne and I appreciate your coming by today. Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  • Adrian Jock says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I haven’t seen yet the red lines, but I don’ think that they help me in any way. So no big loss 🙂

    As for the retweet with comment, you consider that feature an improvement. I consider it a disaster from marketing point of view. Different perspectives 😉

    • Lisa says:

      LOL Adrian, why am I not surprised? I caught them on a few now. I guess it’s a rollout. I do like that feature, I like being able to add something to make the RT more personal. Oh yes, I do remember your post about that a while back. I see the link here too. You always do have a different take, keeps it interesting, right? If we all thougth the same way it sure would be boring. Thanks for coming by Adrian and for your input 🙂

  • Debbie D. says:

    Great news about the character count! I’m one of those who finds Twitter somewhat confusing, even after a couple of years. 😛 Still trying to figure out the Twitter cards. They look so cool! One of these days I’ll revisit that topic, for sure! Thanks for the info, Lisa.

    • Debbie D. says:

      Haha! I’d forgotten that I had set up the Twitter cards via Yoast, already. So much easier than having to mess with code, yourself. 🙂

      • Lisa says:

        That’s awesome Debbie! Glad you remembered. Yes, I would not want to have to deal with all that coding for sure! Thanks for coming back with that one Deb.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Debbie, I thought so too. I guess because I spend the most time there on Twitter it feels like home to me where other people feel that way about Facebook 🙂 Thanks for coming by Deb and have a great rest of the day.

  • Brenda Lee says:

    Hey Twitter Queen! I noticed this on my web Twitter not too long ago and was soooooo happy about it! I can’t wait for it to come out on mobile. Twitter is making some pretty awesome changes imo. I remember when I first got on Twitter, pre blogging, and just spread pit bull awareness there. It was an awesome tool to utilize and still is.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome new feature. Now please tell them to hurry up and get on mobile! 😉

    Happy Tuesday!


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Brenda, thanks. Me too, it will really make it faster to read conversations via mobile. Oh yes, and now you will be back to that again too 🙂 You are welcome, I will urge them to hurry it up! Have a terrific Tuesday Brenda and thanks for coming by and for commenting on this one.

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