Update: ... and we're in! So we've spent a few minutes going through the interface, and we have to say, it's quite sleek. The in-line content makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Conversation threads are vastly improved, but it only shows one reply back at a time -- you can go through an entire timeline, but it takes far too many clicks. The best thing about it? Quite snappy. It isn't perfect, though: it seems the @mentions thread updates much more slowly -- that's particularly irksome, having to refresh for a quicker response. At the risk of sounding vain, the "My Tweets, retweeted" section could benefit from actually showing the number of retweets in the left column -- we'd love to know at a glance which of our recent messages were most popular without having to click on each individually. Usual rules apply, no extension to the 140 character limit and no support for multiple accounts. No word on a new fail whale, but not to worry, we'll let you know as soon as you see it.
We're not quite ready to give up our dedicated Twitter clients (Tweetie, TweetDeck, and so forth), but it's definitely up there now as one of the best-designed Twitter interfaces. Really, though: fix the @mention refresh and conversation threads, and we're sold. Pictures below.
New Twitter hands-on
Twitter relaunches main site with content embedded on-site