It hasn’t been announced publicly yet, but Twitter is testing an “enhanced timeline” functionality that allows users to view various information (media, conversation threads, Retweets, etc.) inside the timeline (vs. off to the side).

Hovering over a Tweet, for example, produces a link which allows user to open the Tweet to see who has Retweeted the message in addition to being able to view the entire thread that includes that Tweet.

Other changes include the relocation of the Favorite, Retweet and Reply buttons to the top right.

These changes are comparable to functionalities already included in some Twitter clients.  Perhaps this move may bring some users back to who long ago abandoned Twitter for HootSuite or TweetDeck, for example. Personally, I am a hardcore user of TweetDeck, but I look forward to testing these new features once I’m given access to the technology.

This enhanced timeline functionality was first reported by Patrick Bisch (@PatBisch) of Pinglio. Here’s the video he made explaining the changes:

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So far, there have been no official announcements from Twitter on these changes, but there’s a fair amount of chatter about this “expandable timeline” happening on Twitter right now.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on these coming changes to Twitter…

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