16 Jun Twitter tweaks its design again in an attempt to woo newcomers
In an effort to higher cater to newcomers, Twitter as soon as again is redesigning its app throughout cell, desktop and the net. The revamp isn’t a radical departure from its prior look-and-feel or person expertise – not like when it introduced its own stories-like feature called Moments, for instance, or when started reordering the tweets in your timeline. Instead, the replace entails a sequence of smaller tweaks to issues like the place your settings are situated, the typography used, the form of its icons, and extra.
However, for iOS energy customers, there’ll nonetheless be a little bit of muscle reminiscence loss that’s seemingly to comply with this replace – simply as there was when it relocated the revamped “Explore” section to sit the place your “Notifications” tab used to be.
The identical will now maintain true for Settings on iOS.
Instead of tapping over to your profile, then to the gear icon, all the pieces Settings-related has been moved over to a brand new left-side navigation menu. That means there’s additionally not a “profile” button on the backside of the app, which Twitter says reduces muddle. You’ll now swipe proper on the homescreen to reveal the brand new menu, the place you’ll discover your profile, extra accounts, and different privateness choices.
Android customers acquired this variation last summer, and, due to their optimistic response, it’s immediately making its method to iOS.
Other components of the Twitter app have additionally seen some adjustments. Profile icons throughout Twitter are actually spherical as a substitute of sq. – as seen in recent testing. Plus, typography is extra constant, whereas headlines – like “In Case You Missed It” or “Trending Now” – are bolder to higher separate them from the content material.
More noticeably, Twitter has modified its Reply icon.
The icon earlier than was a reasonably normal and recognizable image – a minimum of for anybody who’s ever used an e mail account, and understands how to reply to a message. But in an effort to attraction to the bottom frequent denominator of “newbie” net person, the arrow has now been swapped out in favor of a dialog bubble. (Because when in doubt, copy Facebook?)
Though not earth shattering, the change additional distances Twitter from its roots. Twitter initially was an SMS-based messaging service – hence its 140 character limit, as an illustration. Later it turned extra like having the ability to have a gaggle chat on the net. Turning it into a spot the place you possibly can extra typically put up textual content updates, images, movies, and now, “comment” on them makes it ever extra Facebook-like, and due to this fact much less differentiated, and fewer particular.
Though the Reply icon is gone, the Retweet, Like (coronary heart), and DM icons have additionally been refreshed, together with the Home, Search, Notifications, and DB tab icons on the backside of the display screen. But not one of the others have been modified to new symbols.
Meanwhile, tweaks customers have demanded for years – like modifying tweets or – you understand – not being threatened with bodily hurt for stating your politics – stay typically unaddressed. If something, trolling has change into a nationwide pastime on Twitter. Even the President participates. And Twitter continues to be an excessive amount of in want of an ever-growing variety of distinctive customers to do one thing loopy like a large-scale perma-ban of on-line harassers…even when a reset of its group may in the long term entice a wider viewers.
The one change that iOS customers may very well cheer immediately is one which’s buried below the hood. With the replace, Twitter will now open net hyperlinks in Safari’s View Controller throughout the Twitter app. That means you possibly can extra simply entry accounts on web sites you’re signed into, notes Twitter. But it additionally means in case you use a Safari ad-blocker, it should lastly work in Twitter’s app.
You may even configure the app to at all times open hyperlinks in Safari’s Reader view, in case you select. (Excuse me, simply wiping away tears of pleasure right here). Technically this feature is an accessibility enhancement, together with one other that will increase coloration distinction, however I don’t care. I’m utilizing it.
Other perks that include Safari’s Viewer embrace assist for AutoFill, fraudulent web site detection, and it’ll respect the Do Not Track privateness setting as configured in your iOS settings.
Twitter says all of the adjustments will roll out immediately to Twitter for iOS and Twitter for Android by way of an app replace to model 7.zero.
Twitter.com, TweetDeck and Twitter Lite can even see the adjustments beginning immediately.
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