Twitter announces new dual-paned

Twitter has unveiled its new site. As Twitter said, it's their biggest Twitter client. The new, you can consider the bionic better, stronger, faster.

Well, it will be better and faster at least. As shown at the Twitter announcement on Tuesday, Twitter's new site will feature a double-paned view of things. Quite frankly, it uses a lot of the wasted space on the page.

Each pane will take up half the screen. The left-hand column will contain the regular old timeline of Tweets. Click on a Tweet, and teh right hand pane shows the details of the Tweet, including the user profile of the sender, the conversation it's in, and more. Media from 16 partners such as TwitPic, YouTube, Vimeo, and Ustream will appear in the right-hand pane.

As far as the "faster" comment goes, Twitter has rebuilt its architecture so that everything is more responsive. Unfortunately, there is still no multi-account support.

Some interesting data provided by Twitter at the announcement:
  • 90 percent of the information on Twitter is public. 
  • Twitter sees 90 million Tweets a day (or above) on average. 
  • About 25 percent of Tweets contain links. 370,000 new signups per day, 16 percent of them initiated from a mobile. 
  • Mobile users are up 250 percent since the beginning of the year.
Twitter said the new site would be rolling out to a limited number of users on Tuesday night, but will be rolling out globally as these cloud services do: gradually.

Here's the video Twitter used to introduce the new site: