People who use Twitter in the Spokane area may get to try out new features that make the social networking service more like Facebook.
Twitter is experimenting with new features that would let users see how many people retweet their messages and open photos without having to go to another page.
According to Erick Schonfeld of TechCrunch, “Twitter is testing out new design changes which make the main Twitter timeline expandable so that you can see media and related information right in the timeline instead of off to the side or clicking off to another page. We’ve gotten a couple of reports about this change, which only a few people are seeing, (and Twitter confirms it is a “small test”). Patrick Bisch of Pinglio blogged about the changes and even made a screencast….
“The changes are subtle, but they manage to simplify an already simple service. You can ‘open’ up a tweet to see how many people retweeted it, the threaded conversation related to that tweet, or related photos and videos.”
Schonfeld praised Twitter for making social networking and microblogging more convenient for users.
“Many Twitter clients have long included inline media, and it is encouraging to see Twitter trying to figure out how to make it part of the official experience. Every time I have to click off to another page to see a picture or to figure out the context around a tweet is a waste of time (these clicks add up, especially if you spend as much time on Twitter as I do),” Schonfeld said.
At this time, it is not clear when Spokane area residents will get to try out these new features for themselves.
According to Ramona Emerson and Catharine Smith of The Huffington Post, “The new features that Twitter is currently testing appear to have been rolled out to random users. As of this writing, there is no official word when or if they will be widely released.”