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Twitter announces redesign and new features

Twitter announces redesign and new featuresOn Thursday Twitter announced a new design of their blog service as well as new features. Twitter’s creator returned to the company in March as an executive. The company said that when people first signed up to use Twitter it helped them discover information of people’s interest based on their locations etc.

Twitter senior executive, Satya Patel stated that it was not just a visual redesign but a conceptual one to make Twitter more accessible to billions of users. In the next few weeks the redesign of Twitter will go out globally. A section will be added to every user account on Twitter called “Stories.”

Stories show users content on Twitter that they may find interesting. CEO Dick Costolo said that it was the first step to start to surface rich content for people pouring into the platform for first time users. Twitter currently allows to users to broadcast message called “Tweets” up to 140 characters in length.

The company recently said that Twitter has over 100 million active users and the majority of its accounts are based overseas. The company now has over 700 employees who will move into the new headquarters in the middle of 2012. Twitter competes with other social networks such as Facebook.