Jack Dorsey to be Replaced by Evan Williams as Twitter CEO

16 10 2008

Jack Dorsey is out as chief executive at Twitter, the micro-blogging start-up that has become famous in the tech world for a lot of buzz and little revenue.

Evan Williams, Twitter’s chairman, co-founder and chief product officer, will take over as chief executive and run day-to-day operations at the service, which allows messages and replies to and between users of 140 characters or less to be sent and received.





The GigaTweet

1 10 2008

Even with all the problems Twitter has been having (Fail Whale, server down time, etc.), Twitter is still going strong, steaming towards its 1,000,000,000 tweet!  Nathan Reed has made something called the GigaTweet, brought to us by Popacular.  It is a live, running counter of how many tweets have been tweeted to this very day, since the beginning.  It runs using Google Analytics.





Twitter’s New Look

18 09 2008

The popular microblogging site, Twitter, just announced and launched a refresh of their interface on their company blog. Updated tabs, a new design customizer, and AJAX work on the backend are the major features of this release.

Twitter’s redesign sports a more attractive following/followers display and better tab placement.

The most noticeable UI change is the move of the smaller tabs that were on top of the timeline to the right sidebar, where they can occupy more space, making them larger clicking targets. They also moved the following/followers/updates stats to the top of the page and made them larger, so now I can really see how deflated my follower numbers are.

The Twitter Blog also notes that moving the tabs to the side was necessary to make room for future tabs since space was limited in their previous location. While Twitter doesn’t clue us in to what features might be housed in these new tabs, Summize (now Twitter Search) is a likely candidate for some sort of inclusion since Twitter’s old search box disappeared in this update.

The most important change, in terms of functionality is the addition of AJAX to the “Home” and “@Replies” pages. Their new implementation allows you to refresh the items in your timeline without having to reload the whole page. This makes for faster load times and less bandwidth intensive reloading of pages.

Twitter’s new design customizer.

Twitter also introduced a new design customizer with this release, which allows you to change the colors on your Twitter profile with the help of a color wheel. Instead of typing in color codes and hoping that you got all of the colors right, they are now reflected in real-time as you change them on the page. This is an awesome implementation of this feature and makes it far easier to create a good looking profile.

Other than the new AJAX functionality, this update is purely aesthetic. Even though we have not seen any major features added today, this redesign has paved the way for a larger future update, which Twitter promises is coming soon.





Twitter’s New Look

18 09 2008

The popular microblogging site, Twitter, just announced and launched a refresh of their interface on their company blog. Updated tabs, a new design customizer, and AJAX work on the backend are the major features of this release.

Twitter’s redesign sports a more attractive following/followers display and better tab placement.

The most noticeable UI change is the move of the smaller tabs that were on top of the timeline to the right sidebar, where they can occupy more space, making them larger clicking targets. They also moved the following/followers/updates stats to the top of the page and made them larger, so now I can really see how deflated my follower numbers are.

The Twitter Blog also notes that moving the tabs to the side was necessary to make room for future tabs since space was limited in their previous location. While Twitter doesn’t clue us in to what features might be housed in these new tabs, Summize (now Twitter Search) is a likely candidate for some sort of inclusion since Twitter’s old search box disappeared in this update.

The most important change, in terms of functionality is the addition of AJAX to the “Home” and “@Replies” pages. Their new implementation allows you to refresh the items in your timeline without having to reload the whole page. This makes for faster load times and less bandwidth intensive reloading of pages.

Twitter’s new design customizer.

Twitter also introduced a new design customizer with this release, which allows you to change the colors on your Twitter profile with the help of a color wheel. Instead of typing in color codes and hoping that you got all of the colors right, they are now reflected in real-time as you change them on the page. This is an awesome implementation of this feature and makes it far easier to create a good looking profile.

Other than the new AJAX functionality, this update is purely aesthetic. Even though we have not seen any major features added today, this redesign has paved the way for a larger future update, which Twitter promises is coming soon.





Twitter Debates

23 06 2008

And we thought the YouTube and Facebook presidential debates were all that.

The latest in debate 2.0 is a campaign face-off on Twitter sponsored by the Personal Democracy Forum that started Friday and is expected to go on at least through the end of the organization’s annual conference on Tuesday night.

With a focus on technology and government, the debate is being moderated by Time magazine blogger Anna Marie Cox. The McCain campaign is represented by Liz Mair, the online communications director of the Republican National Committee. The Obama campaign is represented by Mike Nelson, a Georgetown University professor who served in the Clinton White House under Vice President Gore on tech policy issues.

It’s yet another interesting use of technology to engage voters in the campaign, so long as they don’t mind sorting through posts that while succinct (Twitter has a 140-character limit for individual Tweets), are already plentiful. And we can only hope that the geek community’s beloved Twitter doesn’t crash amid the traffic.








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