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Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Twitter Home to Cuckoo Birds

Twitter announced NewTwitter on September 14, 2010. They referred to it as a Better Twitter and they said it would be "rolled out" or coming soon to a nest near you. Yesterday, ten days into the roll out I received a message on my Twitter page: "Welcome to #NewTwitter!" I was shocked because after all, I only have 263 followers and I only follow 94 people. Come to think about it, maybe Twitter felt I was a good risk...couldn't screw up too much or impact too many users, not like @corybooker or @chrisbrogan.

While I like most of what I have seen with the new Twitter I do feel that my quiet little nest is now home to Cuckoo Birds. Do you know about Cuckoo Birds? Many of the cuckoo bird species will not build their own nest, but instead lay their eggs in the nest of another bird species and let the other species raise their young!

What does this have to do with Twitter?  Well, with #OldTwitter if you RT something it is your image that appears in your followers' Twitter stream; however, with the #NewTwitter it is the original tweeter's profile avatar which appears in your stream. For example: I follow @johnschannel. He RT'd something from @shamelesshussy and instead of seeing John's familiar avatar in my stream (which I will read and take note of) I see @shamelesshussy avatar which is a kitten. Imagine a kitten in my Twitter nest.  To tell you the truth, I don't have time to figure out if I want to read this Tweet now that it does not have John's avatar. I have to read the small print to know he RT'd it.

So that is why I think my Twitter nest is home to Cuckoo Birds, strangers who have been left there for me to nurture.

I really like the new Twitter and I invite you to watch this short dramatic YouTube video about it.

In the mean time, it is Saturday. Take a break and listen to Peter, Paul and Mary sing "The Cuckoo"...think about the important things in life and don't worry about your Twitter nest.

I would love your input!!! Let me know what you think of #newtwitter.
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  1. Hi Judy - I'm still waiting for the new Twitter.... :)

  2. Hi Jodi,
    Thanks for stopping by to read my post. I hope when you get the new Twitter you will come back and let me know what you think of it.


    P.S. Almost spelled your name wrong!

  3. I have had the new twitter since 9/23 and I have to say am torn. Part of me likes it and the other part thought - who cares I live in Hootsuite anyway! ;)

    Like you mentioned I dislike the RT feature in which it shows the originator and not the RT'r. But I suppose that is for networking reasons and many folk will appreciate it.

    New Twitter: Meh


  4. Hi Jaime-Ann,
    Thanks for stopping by and giving me your thoughts. See, I don't live in Hootsuite...I just use Twitter the old-fashioned way. Everyday I notice a few more nice features and it does seem more stable, even in IE8!

    I hope you will visit again.


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