Recent Changes to Twitter

by Robyn Wright on November 3, 2015

in Social Media

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Twitter has been changing and evolving and I thought I would share with you some of the recent changes. Don’t worry, the base of Twitter has remained the same, these are just a few tweaks and some extra features they have added.

  • Favorites Are Now Likes and a Heart Instead of Star
    These may seem like a small detail, but there has been a lot of conversation about it on Twitter. When you favorite a tweet now instead of it being a star it is a heart. They are also calling it a like now instead of a favorite – but it is in essence the same thing. Some don’t care at all, others have a preference. Take my poll to voice your opinion.

  • Twitter Polls
    As you can see from above you can now also create poll questions Twitter. You can create a poll as an option when you send a tweet. Each poll can have 2 choices for others to answer with. The polls remain active for 24 hours. You can vote in any poll and how you vote is not shown publicly.

  • Twitter Moments
    This new feature can be accessed by tapping the lightning bolt icon at the top of Twitter. These items are from all around Twitter, not just people you follow. By clicking on a moment it will take you deeper into that particular story with more tweets that tie into it. Learn more about Twitter Moments
  • Longer Direct Messages
    The 140 character limit for direct messages has been removed. You can carry on much longer conversations now in DMs. The 140 limit still applies, for now, to the regular tweets.

  • Twitter Safety Center
    Twitter has improved their Safety Center to help you be safer and be more in control of your Twitter experience. There are tools you can use to help with bothersome people, bullying, and spam. They have also made the boundaries clearer and are more responsive to problems.
  • Twitter Curator
    This new tool allows you to create projects, streams, and collections of tweets and videos from Vine. This tool is actually something more for media publishers, but individuals can use it as well. Curator requires a little reading on how to get it set up to use, but it is a very cool tool.
  • Twitter Account Management
    This is not new, but I wanted to include it here in case it has been a while since you took a look at your own settings. Things have changed a little over the years, but this Twitter help section will walk you through what you need to know. Go ahead and give your account a checkup.

Were any of these items new to you? Which do you like the most? Which do you dislike the most? What changes would you like to see Twitter make in the future?

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{ 22 comments }

1 yonawilliams November 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

I’m one of those people who prefers the stars to the hearts.

2 Robyn Wright November 4, 2015 at 4:56 pm

I liked the stars too

3 Robin November 4, 2015 at 6:33 am

I don’t mind the hearts instead of stars. I love the polls, though! I just clicked on yours with respect to this issue and think it’s pretty neat to see the instant results.

4 Robyn Wright November 4, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Awesome! Glad you like the polls!

5 Karen Goodman November 4, 2015 at 7:58 am

I wonder how they curate the images for twitter moments. And if this will mean people who post native images will get even more exposure.

6 Robyn Wright November 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Great question Karen, I’m not sure

7 Tiffany C November 4, 2015 at 11:23 am

I like taking the polls, some of them have funny questions ;) I like the hearts now too, these subtle changes are neat!

8 Robyn Wright November 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm

So glad you like the polls too. I miss them on FB also.

9 shellypeterson November 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm

I do like the polls, it’s nice they added that. I like the star and the heart so I’m happy with either one. I wish they would raise the limit on how many people I can follow.

10 Robyn Wright November 9, 2015 at 1:11 pm

I’ve never had the problem with the follow limit. Maybe try unfollowing some of the older accounts you follow now that are no longer active?

11 tannawings November 5, 2015 at 1:51 am

I just noticed the polls- kinda silly, so I ignore it. They actually had hearts a few months ago, went back to stars and now back to hearts. For me, it is all the same thing. I dont get alot of DMs so hadnt even noticed it.

12 Robyn Wright November 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm

I used to love DMs a lot more, but lately there is a new kind of twitter user that is using DMs in the wrong way, in my opinion, and it is making me a little crazy

13 Lisa Brown November 5, 2015 at 3:47 am

I just found out about the polls. I am always nervous when twitter makes changes…I am liable to break a rule or something and have my account suspended. I think the new changes are nice. I do wish they would increase the 140 character limit one day, though.

14 Robyn Wright November 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm

I don’t think you need to worry about any of these changes making you get your account suspended. The character limit is said to be increasing sometime in the near future.

15 Natalie November 5, 2015 at 7:06 am

A lot of these changes I was not even aware of! I saw the moments icon but I never know what it was

16 Robyn Wright November 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Glad I could fill you in!

17 dpapsis2 November 6, 2015 at 9:38 am

I like the new Poll feature.

18 Robyn Wright November 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm

That seems to be everyone’s favorite new feature

19 nidhi November 9, 2015 at 9:07 am

I like this new Poll feature that twitter have recently added. Also love the heart.

20 Robyn Wright November 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm

<3

21 pricousins November 14, 2015 at 5:32 am

I haven’t been on Twitter too much since the change so thanks for the recap. I don’t know if I like the heart vs. the star but I guess in the scheme of things, my opinion doesn’t matter! lol. I do like “Moments” – that’s pretty cool! But made me super hungry at 6:30 am!

22 salexis November 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm

I like that favs are now Hearts instead of stars… makes more sense!

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