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Twitter gets a dynamic new two-pane design.
Twitter, the insanely popular social network launched in 2006, is getting its first major overhaul in some time, and it's a doozy. The sweeping changes announced yesterday at an event at Twitter HQ in California include a double-pane design – one pane shows the standard stream of incoming tweets and the other a swath of recommended and multimedia content – improved embedded media functionality, and easily accessible user "mini-profiles."
Of these updates, the two-pane design is the most immediately noticeable. (More in the video below.) But Twitter reps are putting especial stress on the multimedia content – Twitter has apparently signed deals with 16 multimedia sites, including Flickr – and the mini-profiles, which allow users to more easily interact with their fellow tweeters.