Twitter is updating its look and its new interface is roll out to Android, iOS and web users. Twitter says that it has made this move on the request and ideas of its users. According to the official blog:
“With lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use. We listened closely and kept what you love. And for the things you didn’t, we took a new approach to fix and make better.”
The update organizes the timeline of Twitter and changes square profile pictures into circles. It has also removed the toolbar on the bottom and now there are just 4 icons instead. The profile tabs have been changed to a sidebar now as well that you can access in a “hamburger” style menu. The look of the interaction buttons on tweets have also been changed.
According to the official blog post, here is what we are to get:
- Profile, additional accounts, settings, and privacy – all in one place! A new side navigation menu and fewer tabs at the bottom of our app = less clutter and easier browsing. You told us you loved this change on Android last year and we’re excited to now bring it to iOS.
- Links to articles and websites now open in Safari’s viewer in the Twitter app so you can easily access accounts on websites you’re already signed into.*
- We’ve refined our typography to make it more consistent, and added bolder headlines to make it easier to focus on what’s happening. Also, rounded profile photos make it clearer to see what’s being said and who’s saying it.
- More intuitive icons make it easier to engage with Tweets – especially if you’re coming to Twitter for the first time. For example, people thought the reply icon, an arrow, meant delete or go back to a previous page. We switched to a speech bubble, a symbol most know and love. We also made the icons lighter for more seamless interaction.
- Tweets now update instantly with reply, Retweet, and like counts so you can see conversations as they’re happening – live.**