The New Twitter Features Are Here or We Thought!
Have you noticed the new Twitter features recently? Yes, Twitter has been changing the way it looks on your phone and more so on your desktop. You may have seen this welcome message below when you login to your Twitter account.
Of course the changes seem confusing at first, as everything seems to be on the opposite side of what it was. 🙁
Now, there are less columns on the home page with these new Twitter features. First there is a home button. Then, a hashtag symbol for trends, notifications and lastly, a messages button. That’s it! Trends seem to be where Twitter is headed with this new redesign.
Why The New Features on Twitter?
According to Tech Crunch, “The move highlights how Twitter continues to chip away at ongoing criticism that it is too confusing for most people to use, which has impacted overall growth for the social media platform.”
For this reason I still give Twitter classes and sell ebooks on how to tweet. (You can click onthe image below to see the ebook now for 99 cents! ) So many people today still do not know how to use Twitter but many quit before they really get started too.
Customizing The Twitter Feed
The Twitter feed may be changed and customized with getting started as seen in the above image. Also, there are more choices too in the account settings area.
What’s Next? Likes and Account Switching
It may be harder to like tweets on mobile today with the new updates but with a swipe to the left it can be done!
Twitter is considering doing away with the like button in the future. ♥ Twitter feels that likes do not add to engagements on their social network.
Furthermore, another feature coming soon is the ability to switch Twitter accounts easily. Instead of logging out and back in on desktop. Similarly, this feature already can be done on mobile devices.It may be harder to like tweets on mobile today with thew new updates but with a swipe to the left it can be done! #newtwitter Click To Tweet
Android Users Check Out This Tweet!
We accidentally released our Android Experiments Program app to the public yesterday. It wasn’t quite ready for prime time, and some people have been experiencing app crashes. Sorry about that!
We’ve released a fix. Please update your Android app as soon as you can.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) April 24, 2019
Another option available with the Twitter mobile app is the “data saver” button to save data on mobile devices. Hence, a great way to save on data plans!
Missing Tweet Counts 🙁
Yet, with the new version you cannot see how many tweets someone has tweeted. How will it be known how active a peep is on Twitter with the new version?
Now you can see below how the old Twitter layout shows the tweet counts on profiles.
Yes, I’ve tweeted a lot over the 10 years I’ve been on this social network 🙂 That averages about 15,000 tweets per year. 1,250 tweets per month or an average of 41 tweets per day.
Do you know how many tweets you are sending out per day? Learn more here on how many tweets are good for your profile
The New Twitter Camera – Or We Thought
Now there is a camera right in the Twitter app on mobile devices. This new feature lets you write text on the image just like with the stories features on Facebook and Instagram.
Therefore, you can see it on the image below but not in the embedded tweet here. These photos on the tweets have to be opened to see the text displayed like a “story”. The background color of the text can be changed to make it POP.
If you have your location set on Twitter – it will suggest geo tags for you to use and relevant hashtags on these photos with their camera app.
But Now They Have Reverted Back – May 19, 2020
Sometimes it’s better to show than to tell. Now with the in-app camera you can:
? Take up to 4 photos or a video to attach to a Tweet
? Reply and Retweet with your photos and videos
So go on and share what’s happening in the moment in just a few taps!
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 18, 2020
I was just starting to love that Twitter camera feature of the image showing up nice and big and with text in color. 🙁
My pinned tweet still looks the same as of now.
How to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter: Updated in 2020 now in Paperback! https://t.co/p9uGVShqFH pic.twitter.com/DnsNpzdyRi
— Lisa Sicard ???? (@Lisapatb) April 22, 2020
Going LIVE on Twitter with Camera App
This new app is great to go LIVE on Twitter and include a video up to 2 minutes in length. As a matter of fact when you go LIVE your broadcast goes to the top of your timeline for your followers to see!
With an event, it will put the tweet in with others using that hashtag. The app knows where you are with your geo location and hashtags. I’d love to know in the comments if you have tried this Twitter camera yet!
Hunter sunning himself as I work from the deck this afternoon. Beautiful spring day! ? pic.twitter.com/7MhJqYNKTn
— Lisa ???? (@Lisapatb) April 24, 2019
What Others Have to Say about the New Twitter Features
Dammit – I am SO lost with this #NewTwitter layout.
Coudn’t twitter have waited till AFTER the 2020 Election to do this fancy schmance upgrade ? pic.twitter.com/bj5yOVP1Iz
— Lisa Foster ?️ (@LisaFosterVoice) April 24, 2019
Well this is different. Anyone else seeing a brand new Twitter profile?
Looks like the company has made some pretty big design changes. What do you think? #NewTwitter pic.twitter.com/OQL94YGKMv
— WIRED (@WIRED) April 23, 2019
OK, I like the #NewTwitter feature that lets you crop/edit pictures you upload. That’s cool. For example, this was a larger picture and I cropped it in Twitter. pic.twitter.com/vHpQ4I60PN
— Lance Blair (@V01C30V3R) April 23, 2019
Anyone else got the #NewTwitter yet? First impressions are good, it makes much better use of space by putting content into three columns. They also promise “account switching” coming soon, which will save logging out/in to use different accounts (about time!) pic.twitter.com/xy2HxBp1At
— Matt Saunders (@WeAreCharityBox) April 24, 2019
@Twitter why did you get rid of the number of #tweets counter on the #newtwitter profile page? I use that as a way to gauge if the account is legit and if it is worth following. Every time I switch to new twitter, I keep switching back just to see the count. #Twitter pic.twitter.com/SNx0RKoElg
— David Muttiah (@dmuttiah) April 25, 2019
Do you like the new Twitter features? I’d love to know which features you love and which you do not love! Please leave a comment below and le’ts discuss it! Also please RT this on Twitter 🙂
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Thank you for the breakdown! I had noticed it changed but I have not really looked into how it has changed. Lots of new features to catch up on. Thx!
Hi Misty, you are most welcome. I’m loving the new camera feature on Twitter 🙂 It’s like doing a story on Instagram or Facebook. Have a great day and weekend ahead Misty 🙂
Thanks for bringing this up.
Taking away the tweets count on the profile page is something I think is not right.
For one, it shows how legit the Twitter account is, and how active the user is on Twitter.
Tweets count and last tweeted date are some of the metrics I use to determine if a user is worth following or not.
I could remember an account with thousands of followers, created about five years ago but with less than 10 tweets.
I opted not to follow back this account, because is obvious something is not just rigth with it.
Twitter should bring that feature back.
Hi Shamsudeen, Yes, I love your example of that account. I would not follow either if they have been inactive for a long time or never had tweeted. That’s a big red flag for sure. I hope they do reconsider that Twitter count feature. Thanks for coming by and for your input on this post about the new Twitter layout. Have a great day!
Twitter customization has always attracted me the most. I like the Twitter Camera feature. As most of the social media networks are giving space to video feed and live videos, twitter will also be taking it seriously.
Hi Gaurav, I love the customization. And that new camera is really nice, it displays better on mobile. Everything today is focusing on the mobile experience. It’s where it’s at. Thanks for coming by and have a great start to the new week!
The first time I noticed the new design layout, I thought the was a problem with my device. I had to refresh two more times before I realized it wasn’t a problem from my end.
However, it works pretty well but the concept of removing the tweet count isn’t perfect for me. I believe users should know how much they have tweeted over a course of time, just like you calculated yours.
Nonetheless, thank you for sharing!
Hi Moss, LOL, yes, that makes perfect sense. I hadn’t noticed on my phone but on desktop for sure! It takes a little time to get used to and I hope they reconsider on the total tweet count. Thanks for coming by on this one Moss and have a great new week!
Lisa: I am getting your book on Twitter for myself and for my podcast co-host (Presentation (Skills) in Plain English), Carina Ridenius.
Is the live feature similar to Periscope?
Hi Martin, yes it is but easier 🙂 Thanks for coming by and especially for purchasing the eBook. Thank you! I hope you had a nice weekend.
I do have notice the changes and love the all especially the emojis. You can use emojis when you compose a tweet. I do have issue with the tweet counts as others have mentioned in the comments. Overall I like the new design and interface. Thanks for sharing detailed info on it.
Hi Vishwajeet, yes, I’ve been using those emoji’s for a while. Do you think it is easier with the new layout? I hadn’t noticed the difference with it. Not being able to see how many tweets someone has is not good to gauge whether to follow them or not. I’d have to check out the tools available to see when the last time they tweeted or check their timeline for tweets 🙂 Thanks for coming by on this one and enjoy your weekend Vishwajeet.
Hey, I tried reverting back to the old layout. However, wasn’t able to find the option. Is there any way to get back to the old version of Twitter ?
Hi Jignesh, did you try this: If you click on the top right corner of the page on your name in the browser version of Twitter. You will see a drop-down menu, at the bottom of the menu you will see a switch to legacy option. ? I hope it works for you, do let us know! Thanks for coming by on here 🙂
I didn’t know about the twitter update and when I checked just after reading your article, I went through the twitter and saw all the things which you have mentioned.
What I felt really really bad about New Twitter is the tweet counts.
I really feel bad with this change.
Thanks for sharing this latest news.
Hi Kaushal, yes, if you don’t see that little notice in the uppper right hand column or only use mobile you may not have noticed the New Twitter update and changes. Yes, that’s the one thing I don’t like – I don’t like that tweet count gone. But I do love the new Twitter camera, it’s pretty neat! Thanks for coming by on this one and have a great rest of the day!
Hey Lisa! Great to see you writing about the #NewTwitter and it’s features! I tried before but no long enough to have an opinion. My biggest issue is, I use a Chrome Extension called Twitcher that allows me to easily switch between my 2 Twitter accounts. Apparently, the #NewTwitter isn’t ready for it or vice versa. I wish they would hurry up and integrate so I can use the new one! How are you liking it?
Thanks Bren, I finally got to it 🙂 But I’m glad I waited as I needed to learn more about the new one while I still had an old one with the accounts I have and manage. I didn’t like it at first but as I used it more it is growing on me. The one thing I don’t like is not being able to see the # of tweets – if I want to follow someone I want to know that they are active! Why do you use that extension? Does it do more or anything else? The #NewTwitter is supposed to have that option coming 🙂 Stay tuned Bren. Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great evening!