A new Twitter update rolled out last night, and it has some users wondering if the social network is losing grip on many of the principles it was founded on. The update adds to Twitter the ability to upload multiple photos to a single post. It also allows users to tag their friends. Neither new feature cuts into a posts 140 word count limit.
The move is inline with several changes that have come to Twitter over the last year, all of which aim to bring the network more in line with competition like Facebook. Many would argue, however, that Twitter’s lack of Facebook-like features is what makes it so popular — keeping posts concise, eliminating background noise, and presenting it all in a neatly organized feed.
For better or worse, Twitter has been experimenting with the formula. From a redesigned site and apps to picture and video previews in the feed, it’s clear the company is searching for a way to keep things fresh when it comes to presenting and sharing content. Some of these changes make for a more engaging Twitter experience, while others only serve to add to the clutter.
Some users are seeing what might be an even bigger change. It appears Twitter is testing the idea of changing the very language of its service, according to Engadget, shifting away from “retweet” in favor of “share” and “comment” instead of “reply.” While this has nothing to do with the 140-character limit that Twitter users hold as gospel, it has everything to do with the culture of the social network — a culture that has been established over years. Why change all this now?
Perhaps the initial reaction is typical of those experiencing change. It’s human nature to shrink back from the different, react harshly when we experience a rift in our neatly organized world. After a few days it’s back to business as usual, these changes simply folding into our daily experience without much impact. And it seems inevitable. Twitter as an institution will morph into something new over time, just as Facebook and other networks have adapted.
You can grab the new Twitter update from the App Store now if you haven’t already. Let us know how you feel about the changes in the comments below.