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One Problem With Twitter’s User Interface That Newbies Face

By on October 26th, 2011 
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Twitter, as we all know, has become very big these days with everyone from regular users to celebrities ranting away their respective lives on the microblogging website. Twitter has also become a really dependable way of verifying any news or incident that might have occurred at some corner of the world.

Well, I also happened to recently join Twitter. I created an account, logged in and was greeted by Twitter's suggestions which asked me to follow a couple of famous Twitter accounts and then I finally got to see my Twitter homescreen.

So far so good. I clicked on some of the profiles and landed on the CNN Breaking News twitter account (@cnnbrk) But wait, How Do I Tweet? There is no link or text that guides me on how to post a Tweet. I joined Twitter to post updates about my activities and now do not know How to. Shown below is a screenshot of the page I am talking about:

A simple flaw with the Twitter UI

A simple flaw with the Twitter UI

After struggling around a bit, I finally figured out the small icon on the top clicking on which brought about the Tweet a new message box as an in-page popup. One thing I noticed, when I hovered on that "new tweet" icon a text appeared on the left saying "New Tweet". Check this screenshot below:

"New Tweet" message on hovering the icon

"New Tweet" message on hovering the icon

Well, my humble suggestion to twitter is that they could simply display the "New Tweet" text next to that button all the time. I am sure that will make it easy for fellow newbie Twitter users to easily post updates.

This post has been written by Raghav Ved Iyer, a third year computer engineering graduate. Follow his tweets on @relved

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One Problem With Twitter’s User Interface That Newbies Face was originally published on Digitizor.com on October 26, 2011 - 4:42 pm (Indian Standard Time)