Okay, maybe it’s not that bad but, Twitter is definitely looking to reinvent itself. While Twitter may be one of the few social networks that is actually, well, still social, it’s fan base and stock prices are dwindling.
As new social networks like Snapchat and Kik continue to grow in popularity, and as news that Instagram has more active users than Twitter surface, it’s no wonder that the micro blogging platform is looking to spice things up.
Some of the recent changes include:
Two Option Polls
Twitter has been rolling out polls for a few weeks now. The polls are limited to two options. However, unlike the retweet / favorite polls that proceeded, this feature is native and anonymous. Additionally, they only last for 24 hours.
Likes Instead of Favorites
Just this week Twitter killed off the favorite button. Instead opting for a heart instead of a star. While seemingly a simple change the social media site is hoping it will be more intuitive to new users.
Unlimited Character Tweets
While this isn’t a reality yet, it has long been rumored. In July Twitter removed the 140 limit from direct messages, perhaps as a steeping stone towards removing the limit altogether. As long form posts grow in popularity on sites like Facebook and Instagram, Twitter looks to remain relevant and attract advertising dollars.