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Twitter's 9 Biggest New Features: What You Need To Know About The Redesign (PICTURES, VIDEO)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/08/11 06:05 PM ET Updated: 12/09/11 11:22 AM ET

Twitter on Thursday introduced a dramatic overhaul of its website and mobile apps.

The redesign focuses on simplicity and encourages participation from both established users and newbies who might not be familiar with the site's modus operandi. A new emphasis on organization will streamline the site's features. Bringing hashtags (#), @mentions and personalization into the foreground, Twitter has broken the site's layout into four separate sections. A customized feeds will help users easily discover and interact with new content. Twitter has also created unique pages just for brands.

The company hopes to "bridge the gap between the awareness of Twitter and the engagement on Twitter," said CEO Dick Costolo said at the design's launch at the company's new headquarters in San Francisco, according to the AP.

TechCrunch says of the revamp, "While some aspects of the redesign look like reorganized versions of what was there before, the heavy incorporation of symbols could help the service become more mainstream than ever."

Check out the slideshow (below) to see Twitter's 9 biggest new features.

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Twitter's revamped interface looks a bit like Facebook's new Timeline profile, which is currently rolling out to users across the world. While Twitter's big changes are already live on the site's new mobile apps, web users will see the changes "over the next few weeks," according to a post on the Twitter Blog.

Four new buttons will help users navigate the site. Pictured above, these buttons will take users to pages labeled "Home" (represented by the house icon), "Connect" (@), "Discover" (#) and "Me" (the silhouette icon). Home is where your stream of followers' tweets lives, Connect is where you can view how other tweeters are interacting with you and your tweets, Discover is where you can search for people and topics, and Me lets you view your personal profile and content.

AllThingsD writes that the overhauled site is "supposed to be 500 percent faster than Twitter was three or four months ago."
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