software thoughts

[Screenshots] New Twitter follower email format

Looks like Twitter just updated their “following you” email format. I haven’t seen a reference to it on the Twitter Blog yet so it might be pushed out slowly. I have included screenshots of the old and new layouts above for comparison. A few things have been changing:


  • The subject now includes the person’s twitter handle
  • Location is removed (personally I use it to determine if someone is spammy)
  • Removed the “follows x users who follow you” (think this was a good removal, no value lost)
  • No more “What’s Next?” to explain how to send an @reply or DM (is this assumed now?)


  • Much more in line with updated Twitter homepage and overall look
  • Not sure what that check box is doing up there in the top right (it is not clickable)
  • The tweets/following/followers placement is far easier to scan
  • The large blue “View @person’s profile” is hard to miss as a next step
  • Underlines have been removed from all links. The link and text colors are a little too close for my comfort, I wonder how #a11y experts think about the change.

Overall I think Twitter is moving in the right direction but still has a little ways to go. I would love to see the location added back in, links being underlined and the addition of how many lists the user is on. I think the number of lists is a great indication of the impact the twitter has in their community.

software thoughts

Feedburner Beta [Screenshots]

If you log in to your Feedburner account and notice the Try out the NEW (beta) version! I suggest you do. Below is a few screenshots I took of the new interface and tools. It is their first change to the interface after buying the service and to be honest it is a step in the right direction but Google could have done soo much more. The graphs and UI elements are very similar to Google Analytics but not exactly the same. My wish was for GA and Feedburner to be integrated but it looks like we will all have wait a bit longer for the possibility.

In the mean time enjoy these screen shots and try it out for yourself.

I don’t mind sharing my EDU Checkup data with you guys, but if you plan to pass along the photos please let me know first, thanks. 🙂