This Week On Twitter: Official Twitter Bird Name Revealed And Big Changes At Twitter.com

Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes the official name of the Twitter bird, big changes at Twitter.com (and how to roll some of them back), advice on changing your Twitter username and how to tweet from Gmail.

Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week:

1. Revealed: The Official Name Of The Twitter Bird

The Twitter bird icon is starting to make appearances pretty much everywhere. Websites, blogs, newspapers, posters, TV shows, movies, commercials… he certainly gets around. Most of us probably feel like we know him pretty well. But, when you think about it, we don’t even know his name. We don’t even know if he has a name. Heck, we don’t even know if he is a he. Well, he is. And his name is…

2. Twitter Is Removing Your @Mentions Folder. Here’s How To Get It Back

Over the next few weeks, Twitter is rolling out a completely revamped interface. And your @mentions folder is getting bulldozed in the process. While many are looking forward to the changes – which will see the addition of two new folders, the @Username folder and the Activity folder – others are concerned that they won’t have a single place to view all of their @mentions. Well rest assured, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to hold on to your @mentions (and even find some that your old @mentions folder was missing).

3. Twitter Removes Mentions, Retweets Folders From Twitter.com, Adds New Username And Activity Tabs

Yesterday Twitter started to roll out a couple of (very) big changes to Twitter.com which have meant a significant revamp of the user interface, including the loss of both the @Mentions and Retweets folders, and the introduction of a new, slicker and more fluid way to help you keep up with exactly ‘what’s happening?’.

4. 4 Reasons Why You Need To Change Your Twitter Username Right Now

Did you know that you can change your Twitter username any time that you like? And that it won’t have any negative impact on your Twitter profile? You won’t lose any of your tweets, followers or anything else – the only thing that will be different is your handle. In this article, we give you four reasons why you should change your Twitter username right now.

5. Tweet From Gmail With This One Simple Trick

There are countless Twitter apps out there to make your tweeting experience easier, but until now there hasn’t been an easy way to send your 140 character thoughts from within Gmail or other Google properties. This new app, however, brings tweeting functionality to your Gmail account, so you can tweet while you email. Check it out in action below.

6. To Follow Or Not To Follow? The Simple Twitter Tool That Helps You Decide

How do you decide if someone is follow-worthy? When you get that friendly email, “So-and-so is now following you on Twitter”, how do you decide whether or not to follow “so-and-so” back? It can often be hard to make a snap-judgment, based on the minimal details you’ve got readily available—the user’s avatar, description and the last 15-or so tweets. That’s where twtrland comes in.

7. How To Use Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

For the absolute newcomer Twitter can be a pretty daunting place. The learning curve is a little steep and when you first register and gaze at that blank, tweet-free feed, it can feel a little like you’re staring into the abyss. And it doesn’t even have the decency to stare back. How is anyone supposed to ‘get it’, when you have no idea exactly what it is that you’re meant to get?