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Twitter Rolling Out Redesigned Search Experience

Twitter Search Interface

A reformed version of Twitter’s search results interface is releasing out to all logged-in web users, says a recent report. Moreover, to a much streamlined feel and look, the new Twitter search will allow you to strain the results to show just top tweets, accounts, live tweets, news, videos, photos, and so on.

The web based Twitter search will come back with all new search result pages starting with a selection of top tweets, which is not different from what you would expect to see in Twitter’s old search interface.

Earlier, when you had just two options of sorting search results – either all tweets or top tweets – now there will be new tabs available, which will allow you to smoothly shift between ‘Live’ tweets, videos, photos, accounts and many other options.

The new interface is quite users friendly to access the advanced search options such as sort tweets that show tweets based on who is tweeting from the surrounding area of your current location.

This new interface update started rolling out from last week following a restricted test of the new search interface, which started back from April.

The main objective of this update appears to make Twitter search simpler and more spontaneous. Possibly as a way to make the service much interesting to new users who may feel overawed by Twitter’s learning curve. A spokesperson from Twitter has confirmed that currently the update is in the process of releasing out to all the users.

Twitter Releases Dedicated Product Pages And Curated Collections

Twitter Product Pages

Twitter declared gradually it is going to roll out two new features, which will make the process of discovering places and products easy.  Next time, whenever you will see a tweet recommending to buy a product or visit a place might be embedded with one of the new place pages and product pages.

These pages will have rich media about the place or product being suggested, like videos and pictures, along with some valuable information such as price, description and a link to book a flight or buy the product.

Product and place pages will be rolled out as an experimental practice in small quantity. Currently this update is available only for selective influences and brands.

Twitter is trying its hands on another feature, which compliments to new place pages and product pages, and that’s curated collections of those pages. Twitter has summoned a small group of influencers – most large brands and celebrities to build collections in relation to give users an idea of what they are!

Twitter users can get access of these collections through a new ‘Browse collection’ button placed on the profile pages of curators, using either Android app, iOS app or web client. The company says this experimental update will be rolled out over the coming months.

Twitter To Increase The Limit Of 140 Characters For Direct Messages

Twitter To Exceed Character Limit

Twitter has announced that from July onwards the limitation of 140 characters on direct messages will be removed. However, this new update is not applicable in public facing tweets. The character limit will rise till 10,000 characters, allowing Twitter users to make longer private conversations.

Till now, the limit on direct messages has been same as on the public tweets, imposing people to send too many messages in a row if they are unable to say whatever they want to convey in 140 characters. This new change seems to make the direct messaging function work more like Facebook Messenger that a lot of people now use as substitute to email to stay in touch with friends.

Twitter said this new change will help users to connect with business, causes, and people more easily. Users can decide whether or not they want to receive messages from unknown people using the website’s privacy settings.

Add Hashtags & Images In Tweets To Get More Re-Tweets, Research Says

Tweets With Hashtags Next time, whenever you will tweet your post, make sure you will add relevant and interesting hashtags and images to get good amount of re-tweets from followers. A recent study has found them essential to build engagement with users and encourage them to share. According to the study, photographs are essential for the micro-blogging site; thus it explains the importance of incorporating them in your tweets.

Using hashtags, links, and images in your tweets give you a greater advantage in terms of user engagement. The research was conducted on around 2 million tweets to make the balanced observation. The tweets consisting of hashtags, photographs or links were tweeted 68% of the time as compared to 30% of text based posts. Furthermore, users have given thumbs up to 74% of media contained tweets, whereas, text posts got just 38% thumbs up.

The study finally came up with the conclusion that tweets containing hashtags received 49% of re-tweets and tweets with no-hashtags got just 32% re-tweets.

Twitter Knows What Apps You Use, But Don’t Worry, You Can Restrict It

Twitter Mobile App

Do you have a Twitter app on your mobile? If yes, then Twitter is going to deliver you ‘tailored content’ based on the apps available in your mobile.  The objective behind releasing this new change is just to deliver the content you might be interested in.

Twitter specifies that they are just collating a list of apps you have installed in your mobile and not about what all things you do within the apps.

The company has named this initiative as an ‘App Graph’ and it is designed to collect the data to serve a more personalized experience.  Following are some of the things it may do with the data collated about your apps –

–         Improvised ‘Who To Follow’ by recommending other people with similar interests.

–         Displaying content in your timeline, which Twitter believes you will find interesting like account, tweets or other content.

–         Showing more relevant promoted content.

Whenever this feature will be activated, you will receive a notification saying ‘to help tailor your experience, Twitter uses the apps on your device’. Yes, this is understandable that you won’t like Twitter to find the unnecessary data about you.  However, if you don’t want to share the data about the apps you have in your mobile, then follow the below steps to manually shut off the feature –

For Android Users –

–         Tap on the overflow icon

–         Tap Settings

–         Tap the twitter account you want to adjust

–         Under other, you can manage the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

 

For iOS Users

–         Go to Me tab, tap on the gear icon

–         Tap settings

–         Tap the Twitter account you want to adjust

–         Under Privacy option, you can manage the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

Twitter Joins Hand With IBM To Use Social Data For The Enterprise

Twitter Partners With IBM

Yesterday, IBM & Twitter declared their significant partnership, which involves Twitter giving out its data to IBM for integration with IBM’s enterprise solutions that includes Watson cloud platform. This partnership will allow IBM to access Twitter’s ‘Firehose’ and incorporate insights received from the social site into their business development process.

Moreover, both the companies are going to team up to a build ‘a totally different collection of enterprise solution,’ which will place IBM into a diverse category than the rest of the data partners, who usually just take the data and use for their own systems.

According to IBM, companies will come together to develop enterprise applications to level up the business decisions across the professions and industries, starting with services and applications for marketing, sales, and customer service. They are going to work together to improve industry specific solutions. That includes consumer products, banking, retail and transportation.

This deal will allow developers to incorporate the Twitter data into their own cloud application. IBM has been uncovering a lot of products, such as Watson Analytics. Watson Analytics is a cloud application developed for working with bulk data. IBM desires to provide as many data sources as possible to their business customers, which justifies their decision of including Twitter’s data stream into their analytics products.