The new Twitter UI update and a great new Chrome Extension for Twitter. For teachers and students, we look at CybraryMan’s resources for Twitter in the Education arena.
What’s going on with Twitter? Have you had the new UI rolled out to you yet. If not, hang on, it’s coming to everyone soon. Nick Bilton, of the New York Times, does a great job at looking at the new interface in his article called A Twitter for My Sister. I think that we all of had someone that we have tried to introduce to Twitter that has looked at it and said that it was like looking at a foreign language, with all the hashtags and @ symbols. Truth be told, there are many of us tech people that have gotten confused in direct messaging or leaving out a hashtag when you meant to direct someone to a certain stream. Twitter is looking to simplify this with the new UI.
On the Twitter blog at blog.twitter.com, you’ll find a clear and easy to understand run down of the whats and whys of the new design. They break it down into 4 categories across the top of the page: Home, Connect, Discover and Me.
The Home area is like the current timeline. This is where you view the posts of your stream, the people that you have chosen to follow. One of the differences from the current UI is that now your Home area is on the right, with the other items now in the left hand column. In the new Home view, tweets can be expanded to show replies, re-tweets, and pictures or videos.
The Connect area pulls in those things that are currently found in the Activities section of the current UI. You can see if someone new has followed you, mentioned you, re-tweeted you or has made you a favorite.
Discover is a wealth of information, as well. You can find who to follow, what to follow, and what’s following you. Not who’s following you, but what’s following you. You’ll get stories and trends based on WHERE you are and who you are following and what you are tweeting.
The final section is ME, where you post all of the profile that you want to make public. Pictures, location, and links to your blogs or websites would show up here.
With all of that information going on, it sounds like it would be more cluttered, but the reality is that I think it looks much less cluttered. Lots of white space that makes these areas stand out.
As I record this, I am STILL waiting for the rollout to hit me, as well. If you haven’t got the new UI yet, I have a couple of options for you today in my tip of the week and website section later on in the show.
As this week seems to be a Twitter episode, let me take a minute to point you to The Source. No, not Twitter.com. I’m talking about Jerry Blumengarten, @Cybraryman1 on Twitter and his excellent page of resources on how to use Twitter in the classroom and for professional development. Jerry’s forte is providing information that is a mile wide AND a mile deep. When he covers a topic, he COVERS a topic. And Twitter is no different. From setting up a Twitter account for your classroom to use to building a PLN (Personal Learning Network), Jerry has it all. He has sections devoted to the different clients like Tweet Deck and HootSuite. So check it out at cybraryman.com.
Twitter has updated and released TweetDeck 1.0. You can find the desktop client and the Chrome extension at Tweetdeck . While I am waiting for my new rollout of the new Twitter UI, though, my favorite new discovery is Hotot at hotot. It is available as a desktop client, as well, but it is not a stable release. The Chrome extension, however, is beautiful and responsive. There are even extensions for the extension, like adding geolocation to your tweets and saving tweets to Instaper.com for reading later. From threaded messages and inline photos to a colorful UI (but not guady), Hotot is a great client for Twitter that I can fire up while I am browsing and just switch tabs to check in. Those of you that have followed me know that I have great affinity for MetroTwit as a desktop client, but Hotot my very well move MetroTwit down in rankings. Check it out and let me know what you think.
That wraps it up for this episode of the CTRLALTDELIVER Podcast. You can find me on Twitter at @CTRLALTDELIVER
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