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Twitter Launches New, Redesigned Front Page

Twitter unveiled a new, overhauled home page last night. With the changes, the ubiquitous micro-blogging site hopes to further its evolution from a "rudimentary social tool" to a fun and up-to-date method of exchanging information and breaking news.

The new page features an enhanced layout and a centralized search function, which interested non-twitterers can use to explore the site and find out what hot topics are currently being discussed. Underneath the search bar, the page displays popular topic trends, sorted by the minute, day, and week.

So far, the response has been mostly positive, although more attention has been paid to the new color scheme and the cartoon-ier Twitter bird than to the search and trend upgrades. Judging from some comments, though, a few Twitterers believe the search engine-esque design may actually deter people from the site.

Even though Twitter played an important role during and after the Iranian elections, some believe that trending topics such as Harry Potter and William Shatner may reinforce the notion that the site is dominated by meaningless drivel. But, that reputation won't necessarily hurt the site's traffic, either, as sites like TMZ don't attract millions of viewers for breaking stories about Supreme Court confirmation hearings. [From: Twitter Blog]

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