New Twitter Tricks, and Old Problems Fixed

I’m sure by now that you’ve noticed that Twitter has released a new design that makes the microblogging service more like a social network. The new design, dubbed new new Twitter, features three sections that organize the different parts of the service to help users connect with and follow people similar to them while providing an experience into the latest trending topics. This new new Twitter experience can be overwhelming for users just getting used to the last design, but we’ve got your guide on mastering this new Twitter and finding all the secrets hidden away.

Embedding tweets has long been a proprietary functionality that many blogs had to overcome when including them in blog posts. Normally you would take a screen shot of the individual tweet and then upload it to the blogging service. This is both time consuming and can cut into your disk space limit. For those on the very popular blogging service WordPress, there’s a plugin called Blackbird Pie that enables bloggers to embed interactive tweets and save disk space. Unfortunately, this is only available on WordPress, so other blogging services are not supported with this kind of embedding. Twitter’s new release does away with other developers’ ways of embedding tweets and brings one unified method to the table. By embedding tweets the Twitter way, they become interactive so that viewers can actively follow, retweet, favorite, and reply to a specific tweet from directly inside the webpage on which it was embedded. With Twitter’s new embed methods, services like Blackbird Pie and even Storify will be challenged.

To embed any tweet, go to it and expand it by clicking on it, then click Details and, when it loads the individual tweet in the window at the bottom, click Embed this tweet; it will then pop up information on embedding and customizing the tweet to your needs. Here’s an example of how this works:

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Keyboard shortcuts have been a part of Twitter since the start. They allow for handicapped users or people who hate using the mouse to navigate and even tweet using short keyboard commands. For power users like me and many others, these commands can save a lot of time when surfing around the site. Since the update to new new Twitter, the service has overhauled the keyboard commands and separated them into three intuitive sections: Actions, Navigation, and Timeline. Each one covers and pertains to the specific sections of the site. It may seem like nothing, but once you memorize these commands, you’ll be a master at Twitter and your life on Twitter will become easier. I used to navigate Twitter by clicking around and using the manual way of interacting with the site. One day I took a minute to sit down and take a look over the commands; I found they were easy and very intuitive to remember, and I picked them up quickly. I was able to cut minutes off my time to complete tasks in Twitter with these commands. For example, when replying to tweets, I only have to type “R” to bring up the reply field.

Actions

Type “F” to favorite a selected tweet.
Type “R” to reply to a selected tweet.
Type “T” to retweet a tweet.
Type “M” to send a direct message.
Type “N” to send out a new tweet.
Hit “ENTER” to view details about a tweet.
Type “L” to close all open tweets on the page.

Navigation

Type “?” to bring up the keyboard shortcut prompt.
Type “J” to select the next tweet in line.
Type “K” to select the previous tweet in line.
Hit “SPACE” to move the page down.
Type “/” to bring up a search prompt.
Type “.” to refresh your Twitter steam to get new tweets.

Timelines

Type “G” plus “H” to go to the home page.
Type “G” plus “C” to go to the Connect page.
Type “G” plus “R” to go to the Mentions page.
Type “G” plus “D” to go to the Discover page.
Type “G” plus “P” to go to your profile.
Type “G” plus “F” to view your favorite tweets.
Type “G” plus “M” to go to your direct messages.
Type “G” plus “U” will bring up a prompt to go to a specific user.

Take a look at all the shortcuts and give them a chance to help you out on Twitter.

“Open” tweets is another design change that gives users the chance to view tweet details and interact with them more. Opening up a tweet gives you inline options to reply, retweet, or favorite that tweet without having to navigate off of the page. This is especially useful for those who may be on slower Internet connections or who are powering through their timeline to reply, favorite, and retweet faster.

The @Connect page is basically like your mentions page but more interactive. It shows people who have recently followed you so that you can connect back with them and see what they’re doing on Twitter. Twitter wants to be your place to connect and follow other influencers. The @Connect view is broken up into two sections to help you filter out some noise; there is a collective view of all the activity that is happening around you including people who are following you, favoriting your tweets, and mentioning you. This page is very beneficial for you to see your attraction and activity from other users involving you on Twitter.

The #Discover page is a hidden gem that improves upon the regular trending topics on Twitter and gives a way to discover what is the hottest thing on Twitter at the moment. The redesign emphasizes taking Twitter one step at a time. At LeWeb, one of the designers from Twitter talked about how Twitter is a learning process for most of its users. The company recognizes that you won’t be an influencer or have very many followers when you first get started. The designer talked about how people start out by discovering what they like on Twitter, and that gets them to follow top influencers. Slowly, they’ll work their way up to tweeting and gaining followers. The discover tab is a way for new and existing users to do that.

Twitter’s website is full of ways you can get connected and stay with the official Twitter system. It’s integrated everything into the Twitter system to make you come back from the third-party apps and use the tools that Twitter’s provided. Over all, the Twitter experience has been a delightful one that is seamless from the Twitter app to the website. Twitter’s newest design makes it more of a social network and gives it a unified feeling. Twitter has some great things in store for us, and this looks like the start to what could become a rival to the biggest social networks.

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