Twitter is freshening up its look, asserting a brand new interface presently rolling out to iOS, Android and internet customers of the social media platform.
The replace, which is usually beauty, streamlines the Twitter timeline by turning sq. profile photos into circles and chopping down the toolbar on the underside to 4 easy icons.
The profile tab, in the meantime, is now relegated to a sidebar which may be accessed in an Android-style “hamburger” menu that might be a primary for iOS Twitter customers.
As observed by yours really and different Twitter-ers, the brand new look is strikingly much like Instagram’s huge black-and-white replace from final 12 months, chopping out a bit of Twitter’s trademark blue-and-white design for one thing extra monochromatic and icon-centric.
Additionally, the replace adjustments the look of interplay buttons on tweets — even swapping the ‘reply’ arrow for a speech bubble, as Twitter says some newcomers beforehand confused the arrow for a backspace or delete perform.
The new design additionally additionally updates the ‘like’, ‘reply’, and ‘retweet’ counts of every put up in actual time for cellular apps, permitting you to look at these numbers climb proper in entrance of your eyes the following time you tweet out an actual zinger.
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While some get pleasure from Twitter’s rounded new profile icons and trendier format, others have taken to the #NewTwitter hashtag to as an alternative specific their distaste for the new-look timeline.
Some take umbrage with the aesthetics, claiming the round icons are visually unappealing on a timeline, in addition to restrictive for profiles that use textual content, logos, or QR codes for an avatar.
A Twitter spokesperson tells TechRadar that the change was to assist make the positioning simpler to know. Previously, each the image of the individual posting a picture and the picture itself had been rectangular, main Twitter to vary the profile pictures round to assist distinguish them on an individual’s feed.
Other riled-up customers appear to care much less about circles versus squares, however moderately criticize Twitter for not specializing in technical complaints lobbed in opposition to the service, comparable to points loading up .GIF and movies on some gadgets, higher instruments for combating harassment and spam, and the shortage of an modifying perform for misspelled or inaccurate tweets.
According to Twitter’s Dan Jackson, the adjustments to the service’s format had been guided by each analysis and direct suggestions from customers. Jackson famous the service continues to be exploring new methods to enhance. As Twitter continues its latest model refresh, we think about much more adjustments are but to return.