Twitter has announced that it’s rolling out a new version of its web interface. News of the company’s plan tointegrate multimedia into the streamleaked out earlier this afternoon, but we’ve now learned that the redesign goes much further than that, with an interface that resembles that of a far more sophisticated web app (as well asTwitter’s recently released iPad app).
Much has been made in recent months of Twitter’s move into areas previously owned by third-party applications. Today’s announcement will no doubt renew such discussion, with many of the best features of Twitter clients like Tweetie, Seesmic Desktop, and TweetDeck now becoming a part of the default Twitter interface. As we also pointed out earlier this afternoon, it also makes Twitter feel a bit more like Facebook.
Twitter CEO Evan Williams prefaced his announcement, however, by pointing out that Twitter.com is already far and away the most popular way for accessing the microblogging service, commanding 78% of unique users (which the company defines as “Of all the people who logged into their Twitter account during the month, what percentage did so via each service.”)