Twitter, the self-professed ‘pulse of the planet’ is set to make big changes over the coming weeks.
Alex Payne, an engineer at Twitter earlier posted the following tweet;
“If you had some of the nifty site features that we Twitter employees have, you might not want to use a desktop client. (You will soon.)”
This comment straight from the company’s mouth, has gotten some third party developers worried. While most users still access tweets and update through the website itself, a large number of tweeters use programs such as Tweetdeck and Twitterfox on their computers, and apps such as Twitterific or Echofon on their smart phones, which are often packed with useful features to tailor the social networking service to their separate platforms.
It’s tough to see what more the popular micro-blogging site can add without risking losing its image as a slimmed down, basic site which has a news-feed and update box and cluttering our interfaces like some other sites. It will be interesting to see what’s added, with some suggesting the possibility of inbuilt geo-location (featured on a lot of third party apps), redesign for the allowance of twitter ads, which are being introduced in the upcoming months – helping to get the site some
Twitter might also be working on an app of its own, after hiring some UI guru’s straight from Linkedin, who were largely responsible for the social networking site’s app for both the iPhone and other mobile platforms.
It will be interesting to see how Twitter will integrate some of their new features which might be popping along. The site recently got it’s fingers burned after introducing their ‘Retweet’ function which fell foul of users who preferred to use the term ‘RT’.
Many commentators have suggested that this is because users prefer to see Twitter as an entity separate of any corporations, where the people themselves make the site rather than the functions.
We’ll have to wait and see for the upcoming months to reveal what Twitter have up their sleeves, and if we’ll even like it.