Quill

Cool New Feature Makes It Fun to Share Stories, Add Your Own Voice

We’re trying a cool new feature in our stories that I wanted to show you. It’s called a Rune. You will see an icon in the form a quill alongside the content which you can use to add your own comments or highlight relevant text to share with a friend–or add a YouTube video or funny GIF. (Some of you have already posted GIFs, so thanks for the chuckles!). The photo below shows our first Rune— added to this page.

We’ve partnered with Rune because we want to take the interesting points of view you provide on Facebook and promote our favorites on our website. It allows you to add context to the article when you share it—and even your own photo.

All your Runes will be visible to the friends you share with, but invisible to the public, unless they are “promoted”, so click the “Promote Me”…

Twitter Redesigned Itself to Make the Tweet Supreme Again

Twitter, Inc.

When you work at Twitter, you get near-daily updates to the app to test. These beta versions often provide a glimpse of new features, and most of them are small. So when a major update landed two weeks ago, one thing stood out: The quill icon, which everyone knows you press to compose a tweet, was no longer an icon, but a single word: Tweet.

This experiment in iconography didn’t last. A subsequent update brought a new tweet button, and another after that. None of them outshone the quill, and so it remains. But starting today, so much about it looks different. It’s Twitter’s biggest redesign in years.

Every solid gray icon is now a lighter outline drawing. Headers now appear in bold, to help you navigate more easily. The home icon is still a birdhouse, but it lost the perch—you’ll see just one hole instead of two. A little less bird-y, perhaps? Round avatars help distinguish users from tweets. Retweet and Like counters update in real time, letting you watch tweets go viral. And the reply button gave way to a speech bubble that Twitter hopes is clearer in its purpose.

Despite the changes, Twitter still feels like Twitter. And more than any one change, the redesign makes a statement about the platform: The look of the…