Note: This post is best experienced while logged in to Twitter.
Chances are that if you’ve logged into Twitter anytime in the past week or so, you will have received a notification stating that the uploading of images has been integrated directly into the tweet box.
Like many users we quickly dismissed the notification in lieu of immediately exploring. What we found during later testing was quite pleasing, despite any prior attachment to the original twitter design.
So … What’s New?
Sticking with Twitter’s recommendation, we started by looking to the bottom left of the tweet box for the new upload integration. What we found was a slick little camera icon which, when hovered over, displayed the text, “Add an image”.
What we couldn’t tell immediately during the upload process was that our image was to be a) hosted by Photobucket and b) must be less than 3MB in size.
Once our photo had been successfully uploaded, we saw a preview appear beneath the tweet box containing a thumbnail of the uploaded image and text stating that, “Image will appear as a link”. Cool!
Is That It?
Not so fast… Remember the old GPS location coordinates? The feature is still present, it just shows up a little differently now. Look immediately to the right of the “Add an image” button described above and you’ll see the cross hairs which represent the new “Add your location” option.
Click the “Add your location” button and Twitter will determine your location automatically. Sweet!
We were most definitely in North Reno while writing this post. Where will you be when you upload your next photo to Twitter?
What About Long URLs?
Do you ever shop on eBay? We love using the service, don’t get us wrong, but we recently found ourselves baffled that some URLs are far beyond the confines of Twitter’s 140 character limit, and wondered how the new Twitter design handled this situation.
Quite well, it turns out.
As you can see above, the URL takes up no more than 41 characters, leaving plenty of room for #hashtags, @mentions and smiley faces :0)
Hey, Everything Else Looks Different Too…
The new Twitter design is a bit of a drastic change from the original, but we are happy to embrace the new features and modern UI.
One of the first things we noticed was the new header painting a Google-esque line across the top of our browser window.
We did a bit of navigation from “Who To Follow” to “Messages” and “Profile” then back to “Home”, where we found our new Twitter menu.
Quick access to our Timeline, @Mentions, Retweets, Searches and Lists was immediately granted.
There are many more refreshingly usable nuances to the new Twitter design but we’re not here to dissect, we’re just kicking the tires on this one.
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