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July 29, 2009

Twitter redesign focuses on search

Posted: 01:28 PM ET unveiled a new design for its homepage today that brings search functionality to Twitts and non-Twitts alike.

The new homepage design features a prominent search field that can be accessed without logging in to Twitter. Public tweets that match your query are cleanly rendered below the search area.

The new look also includes trending topics by the minute, hour and day. Clicking on one of these topics provides a brief description followed by recent search results.

TechCrunch sees the change as a step forward for Twitter:

This is simply part of Twitter’s goal to make the service more accessible and obvious to new users, as well as increase engagement, and the use of search/trends. The bigger goal is to make it easier for businesses to use Twitter, which will allow the service to finally make some money.

What do you think of the change? Would you like to see similar updates to the internal areas of Twitter or do you like things the way they are?

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Sean   July 30th, 2009 8:20 am ET

And then theres people like me... who will never use twitter because it has become too mainstream

Erictric   July 30th, 2009 9:06 am ET

This is a step in the right direction for Twitter. It sort of opens up the door to potential users, allowing them to find out what's happening in the community.

Previously, most people would get to Twitter and not fully understand the concept.

We wrote about this on our site,

Rich   August 1st, 2009 7:20 am ET

Most of these internet companies do not have a profit-making plan when they start their business. I am just not sure why that is a good idea, ever – and basically I think they should all fail (youtube, twitter, you name it) so we can see businesses rethink this ponzi-scheme model for running businesses.

dagnabbit   August 3rd, 2009 5:59 pm ET

"And then theres people like me… who will never use twitter because it has become too mainstream"

Unlike CNN.COM I guess.

Floyd Harvey   August 3rd, 2009 6:17 pm ET

What are you doing as you receive this e-mail?

DooDoo   August 3rd, 2009 6:57 pm ET

Twitter is everywhere just like Myspace before it..and so who has the time to well twitter? or rather read someones else's nonsensical comments about this or that in 140 words or less? Palin comes to mind...

Scott Hill   August 4th, 2009 3:39 am ET

Unfortunately, free services–such as the internet itself–often are abused for mondymaking purposes. So people use Facebook twitter, and other free WWW services for spam, MLM, advertising, etc. and Twitter has unfortunately become a main channel for such abuse...however it costs money to have tweets forwarded to your phone or to tweet from your phone, so this will probably stem the spamad flow...with 10 Million users, Twitter is still a pygmy in relationship to Myspace, Facebook, etc. and here in Europe hasn't taken off yet....

Rachid   August 4th, 2009 6:58 am ET

It is a very good step towards developement.
i am looking forward, for more creative ideas, and new horizons.

Joe   August 5th, 2009 11:00 am ET

“And then theres people like me… who will never use twitter because it has become too mainstream”

dagnabbit WROTE:
"Unlike CNN.COM I guess."

Browsing mainstream news and tweeting about your every breath are slightly different concepts.

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