Twitter has revealed it’s new design. They tweeted us (how else would we get this information) that these changes “will be rolling out over the next several weeks”. In a sneak peek into what’s to come, Twitter posted the video below to spark our interest.

I have no complaints about the new design. We’ll be able to embed photos and videos directly to Twitter from a variety of third party multimedia partnerships. Among them, some of my favorites to include Flickr, TwitPic, USTREAM and YouTube. We will also have more content details and a quicker, faster, easier way to read bios. This is all good stuff. But suddenly, Twitter is starting to remind me of the “social utility” we call Facebook.

I’m one of those rare people who love Twitter and Facebook equally. Usually you get a die hard Twitter fan and a loyal Facebook fanatic but rarely do people enjoy using both. I happen to enjoy both of them for many different reasons. I get my news, social media, technology and gadget information from Twitter. The folks I follow are very cutting edge and they keep me informed and on my toes. On Facebook, for my own page and the ones I manage for my client, it is more about community building, community involvement and the sharing of ideas, events, resources and interests. If you asked be to chose between the two I really could not do it.

Then, there are all the geo-location based apps that I suddenly can’t live without. I have at least seven on my iPhone but Foursquare is the clear front runner for me. Then, Facebook added “location” as did almost every other site that has started running towards the latest and greatest “next big thing”.

I’m starting to wonder if things will trickle down to just one social network of choice. I remember being asked this question during the interview for my current social media job. I thought to myself, “what a silly question. Of course people won’t chose between Facebook and Twitter and there will never be just one social networking site that dominates the space.” Foursquare, Gowalla and the others where not even on my radar at the time. Yelp, another favorite of mine, was just about reviews with very little “social” networking and the use of apps wasn’t as widespread as it is now. I’m talking just 18 months ago.

Now I’m starting to wonder if maybe my boss was on to something. Will we end up with just one social network that meets all of our needs? Will one of these giants knock the other out the game? I tend to think that as much as the human mind can stretch and grow there will be more sites than we can keep up with. Although, I really would like to have just one tool that will interface with all of my social networking sites. Of course, if I need it I would imagine someone is working on it as I type this. That is… after all… the mother of invention right?

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An easier, faster, and richer experience.

New design

You will now find @mentions, retweets, searches, and lists just above your timeline – creating a single, streamlined view on the left of the screen. On the right, you can see the features you’re familiar with, including whom you recently followed and who recently followed you, favorites, and Trending Topics.

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