Simplicity through video sharing?
Twitter has been on a roll with new product and feature announcements lately: first came the new version of embedded tweets, which brings any extra content such as photos or video into the embedded message, and now the company has launched a new app for creating and sharing short video clips called Vine, not to mention the recent launch of Instagram-style photo filters and editing. Are these features that will enhance the Twitter experience for users, or are they signs that the service — which many saw as the poster child for simplicity of design and usability — is in danger of losing its way?
The defining feature of Twitter used to be the brevity of its messages: 140 characters and no more. Debates periodically flared up about whether this would ever be increased, but Twitter made it clear that it had no intention of expanding the…
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