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New Twitter for Twitter Newbies

As most Twitter users know there is a new design for the Web based Twitter being rolled out over the next few weeks. Some like it some don’t.  Personally I do like it. For those using Twitter before it’s probably simple enough to understand however for people coming to Twitter for the first time it can be a bit daunting. Hopefully this post will help explain the new layout and how to use it simply.

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A – Search box

You can search for anything you may think people are talking about on Twitter and see all the tweets together to follow the conversations. Eg. #Xfactor, #Obama, #Twineup. Just use the search box at the top for what you are looking for then click to save the search.  This is useful for finding people with common interests to you too and you can follow them.

B – Home, Profile, Messages

Home brings you back to your homepage, as in the picture above, from wherever you are on your Twitter page.

You can click on your Profile which is what everyone else can see when they want to know who and what you are about.

Messages are what we used to call “Direct Messages” which are private messages between you and another person. No one else can see these messages. You have the option to send a message or reply to someone there too.

C – Tweet sign, Your Avatar

At the top right there is a square with a pencil in it – click on this and you can tweet from whatever page you are on within your Twitter.

The Avatar and your twitter name button let’s you logout or go into your settings and change your profile, avatar, email, password etc.

D – What’s Happening? – Type your tweet here

E – Mentions, Retweets, Searches, Lists

Mentions – This is where you will see all the people that are tweeting to you or have mentioned you in their tweets.

Retweets – this now has the option to see tweets that have been Retweeted so they may be worth a look at; your tweets that have been Retweeted and also those that you have Retweeted.

Searches – use this button to see your saved searches and conversations you are interested in (from A)

Lists – you can create a new list of people you follow, eg, those that are local to you; those that have the same interests as you; those who contribute to Bloggertone. It will also show Lists that you follow and the Lists that you are included in. (See I also)

F – Timeline

In the Timeline are the tweets of people you are following – you need to refresh your page to update it. If you hover your cursor over a tweet you are given the option to Favourite the tweet, Retweet it or Reply. If you click on the small arrow on the right hand side it opens up with the details of that Tweet; who has retweeted it, replies to the tweet and also recent tweets from that person. If you click on the Twitter Name you will see details of that person – followers, following, profile and recent tweets.  At the top right you will see a button with what looks like a wheel on it. You can use this to reply to that person, block them or report them if you think they are sending spam.

G – Your latest Tweet.

H – You can see how many people are following you and who you are following.

I – Favourites are Tweets that you have liked so you’ve Favourited them.

J – See the lists you are included in.

K – Trends

These are topics currently being most talked about on Twitter.

L – Who to Follow

This suggests people for you to follow – you can browse your interests or search for friends here too.

I hope this is simple to understand and please let me know anything I’ve missed. You can follow me on Twitter @_Sians. I’m all tweeted out now 🙂

Sian Phillips is the Managing Editor of and Content Editor on Sian is also the accountant for her clients and but is moving more and more into the content editing world; proofreading and editing blog posts, eBooks, novels and anything that is written. With over 25 years’ worth of experience in business and accounting Sian provides help to her clients with accounting and credit control. The other half of Sian’s day is spent working in the Social Media space; proofreading, copyediting, sharing posts and advice or conducting interviews for She is a qualified Accountant with an Honours Diploma in Journalism too.

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  • Hi Sian, thanks for sharing! I must say, I really like the new layout, I think it works well. Who to follow is now great in that it makes some good suggestions 🙂

  • TheTrips

    Hi Guys, I’m not that keen on it. But I guess I’ll have to get used to it at some point. Thanks Sian for putting this together. John

  • Anonymous

    Great guide Sian, I love the new Twitter, it’s very intuitive.

  • Ingrid O’Sullivan

    Great concise guide, especially useful for Twitter newbies.. I’ll be passing this on to a few people.. Thanks.

  • Hi Sian. Good concise guide. I have been having a nose around as well – it’s not too shabby at all. Although I control multiple accounts so still will have to use another tool for the moment.

  • Hilda

    This was helpful Sian. I couldn’t decide whether to upgrade to new version, and now I think I will : )

  • Kev

    Haven’t really got into Twitter before because I found it a bit awkward but the new layout looks great, thanks for the breakdown of how it works!

  • Great information for anyone starting out in Twitter…. well done Sian

  • Thank you for all the comments. I hope it can help people who look at the New Twitter for the first time and get put off by the “busy-ness” of it

  • I for one do like the new interface, but I suppose yet again we all have to go and reformat our backgrounds, due to the new dimensions…oh well there’s always a trade off I suppose.

  • Thanks for reminding me Jackie. Although not sure what can fit in that space now 🙁

  • Thanks Sian. I like the new twitter too!

  • I like the new interface too, Sian. I find myself on the actual Twitter interface much more than I have ever been before. I wish the retweet feature did a better job notifying you when someone retweeted you. The old RT @ still seems to be the norm, but the new method is so much better giving the person you retweet more exposure by adding their face to your stream. Do you think people will eventually adopt it?

  • Your response is incredibly rude, and thus it would indicate to me that you may have issues in establishing effective working relationships. If we were in an interview situation, I’d continue the conversation to gain more information about this aspect of your character. nnPeople’s behaviour and responses to things in an interview give me an indication of how they might respond under stress, and most working environments tend to have some stress from time to time. nnnn

  • Well done Greg @careerscoacheu:disqus Great interview! I’m delighted to say that Jill is someone I really admire and was one of the first people to introduce me to the how the online world could benefit me as a salesperson. Her advice is always on the money, and I really like what she had to say about helping rather than selling to your customers. Looking forward to her webinar with Seth which will be fantastic, I’m sure.

  • Anonymous

    Jill was an absolute pleasure to interview. Full of fabulous practical advice. One thing she said that really stuck in my mind was (re Sales) – “It is not about pitching, it’s about talking about business issues”.nnnJill also mentioned that she will be making her very first visit to Ireland at the end of the month to talk at the DIT Entrepreneurs Forum. So keep an eye out for her.n

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Niall.n

  • Great interview – well done @gregfry:disqus , Bloggertone TV and Jill. So appropriate for small business owners and this community – thank you!n

  • TheOuroboro

    Glorious interview

  • More of the same needed, great positivity, no more doom and gloom excuses! Good one Greg

  • Niamh Pedreschi

    Great interview Greg, really valuable advice.n

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Garvin.n

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the kind wordss Niamh.n

  • Facundo

    Thanks Frank. In relation to the choppy parts, we have some issues on the technical side, where we are unsure if it is the broadband conenction or the recording software. We are still looking for ways to improve this but it is challenging to say the least :)n

  • Angela S

    Thanks for the article and the video.u00a0 I will check out Jill’s book, “Selling to Big Companies.”u00a0 I am positive that I can incorporate her advice into what I am currently doing with my lead extraction/broadcast system.u00a0 With this system I can automatically find and send out a message to 1000’s of potential customers withing minutes and then use Jill’s advice to close the sale. Next week starts a new drive for me!

  • Anonymous

    u00a0Glad you found the interview of interest. Good luck next week.

  • Anonymous

    Well done Greg! This is definitely an area where we all need to concentrate and learn.

  • I found Jills tips tips really helpful and am now on a mission to work with bigger businesses. Thanks Jill and Grey :)u00a0

  • Anonymous

    u00a0Thanks for the comment Lewis. Means a lot.

  • Anonymous

    Matthew,nnReally Glad you liked the interview. I must confess I was no expert on Jill’s work prior to the interview, but now I am extremely sold.nnGreg

  • Anonymous

    u00a0Thanks for the comment:) I am also off knocking on bigger doors thanks to Jill.

  • Paula Ronan

    Sales has a bad rep from bad reps! Great inspiration there Greg, thanks.u00a0

  • Anonymous

    u00a0Thanks for the kind comments. Like most things it is always a few bad people that the damage the reputation of the majority.

  • Thanks Niall, Iu00a0agree that Kanchi do great work. Their o2 Ability Awards are a great incentive for businesses to make an effort at Accessibility. Accessibility is a massive challenge for web designers and business owners, it would be easier to pretend that the issue does not exist but the bury the head in the sand approach means we are excluding lots of people from what is happening online. It is only when you ask someone with even a minor disability to try to use a website that you see how little things could make their use of the site so much easier. I recommend that everyone that is serious about their site does some user testing with different user types, you would be amazed at the results.

  • Beatrice, I’m delighted to see this post, I have blogged about it in the past, and felt like a lone voice in the wilderness. A lot of people feign interest about accessible websites, but when it comes to investing time and money, most won’t bother. I have made my own consulting site WAI AA compliant, purely because I wanted it to be accessible. I also run a holiday cottage business and our cottages cater for those with disability. This sector forms a significant part of our business.u00a0 We have been awarded two ABLE Business Excellence Awards, oneu00a0for customer service and one for the buildings,u00a0by Rehab & EIQA. This is theu00a0Q mark for accessability. However, we have yet to make the website fully accessbile, and it is on the cards for next year. So, I look forward to Part 2 🙂 Thank you Beatrice.

  • Thanks for the feedback Helen. It is not a topic that really excites people so it is great to get feedback. I have great respect for any business owner that makes even a small effort to have an accessible website. Your Kilmore Cottage website may not be entirely Accessible but it is a reallyu00a0nice site and it with some changes it could be more Accessible. I will tryu00a0giveu00a0lots ofu00a0practical info in Part 2.

  • Julie Painter

    Got ideas for improving accessible technologies?u00a0 Come to the next 508 Listening Session on 6/17 @Stanford U. #opengov

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