“Twitter redesign” is the trending news of the day. VentureBeat is my source of information for this story and their writer is all a-twitter (bad pun) over a new look for Twitter. The debut site for this new look is the Twitter page of the Today Show (pictured below). Honestly I think it is a big improvement for twitter.
Other than the big header the main change seems to be that the timeline on Twitter is now pretty much indistinguishable from the one on Google+ which Facebook already adopted. It is photo loaded with video and animated GIFs a-plenty.
True, there are differences in each social networking platform which stem back to the origins of each site. However, the more time passes the more that they seem to be evolving toward a single model being adopted by all of them. In the screen shot below I have taken the timelines from Google+, Facebook and Twitter and lined them up side by side in a single image. If you go past the various widgets in the top part of the profiles it becomes clear that Twitter is becoming Google+ and Facebook is the 3rd triplet who’s fierce commitment to individuality simply means a two column design instead of the single column format of Google+ and now Twitter (Facebook has the single column design on your user timeline but the 2 column design on Page profiles).
So the future of social media seems to be multiple platforms with a single design. If it wasn’t confusing enough to have multiple social profiles to keep track of now it looks like re-posting from one to the other will make it hard to figure out which one the post originated on.
While I do like the Twitter redesign it is probably only because I already liked Google+ because they got it right. It is kind of like kids in grade school. If Jasmine always gets an “A” it only makes sense for Leif to copy her work so he gets an “A” too. Then, when he does, the teacher and the whole class make a big deal of his success. Yeah, its kinda like that.
On the other hand it just proves the point that I have made in earlier posts. That being that the future of social media is going to be a single platform on which you can integrate profile feeds from all of the various networks into one feed that has exactly what you want to keep track of on it. Once they all look the same it just makes sense to merge them all into one place.