Twitter Launches Simpler, More Engaging Redesign
Twitter, the micro-blogging site that made it easy for people to share information and thoughts on the web in 140-character chunks has further simplified the process by redesigning and personalizing its service.
Users can expect redesigned profile pages and a concentration on four key areas: Home, Connect, Discover, and Me. The Connect tab gives access to mentions, new followers and retweets while the Me tab lets users share information and “introduce themselves to the world.” Twitter’s new Discover tab introduces a one-stop place to see trending topics and popular discussions on the web.
Notably, the new design introduces incredible branding potential by revamping brand pages and making them distinctive from users’ profile pages. In addition, companies have the freedom to customize brand pages with header images and featured tweets accompanied by a photo or video.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said that the redesign hopes to “bridge the gap between the awareness of Twitter and the engagement on Twitter.”
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According to Costolo, 40 percent of Twitter’s 100 million plus active users log onto the site without ever posting a tweet.
Those users, who look to the service for an aggregation of information from people and companies, will be served best by the changes, as they will make it easier to find profiles and topics discussed.
“We’ve simplified the design to make it easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new,” Twitter said on its blog Thursday.
“What we’re announcing today is just the beginning,” Twitter says. “We now have a framework in place that we will quickly build and iterate upon to help users connect with whatever is meaningful to them.”
A rollout of the new design will be introduced over the next few weeks, but for more instant gratification, users can download newly-updated versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android.
To download the app, go to http://fly.twitter.com/.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.