Micro-blogging site Twitter is teasing its 321 million global users with an upcoming app redesign aimed at helping users see what’s happening faster.
“A whole new Twitter is coming. New features and a new look are launching soon. Bookmarks, account switching, dark mode and so much more – before long, you’ll be able to see what’s happening even faster,” a message on Twitter’s desktop app reads.
Earlier in February, Twitter announced the idea of the prototype app “twttr” where it planned to test improved conversation features for its main platform.
Much like Gmail’s feature, account switching would enable users using multiple accounts swiftly switch while staying logged into all of their accounts.
Since Twitter already features a dark mode for its mobile and dektop apps, it would be interesting to see what new tweaks will the micro-blogging site incorporate as part of its redesign.
Elaborate details about the release of the redesign remain unknown as of now.
From the beginning of this year, the social media giant has been exploring the idea of adding colour to replies — a user who posts the initial tweet would see their responses in grey while replies from followers would be in blue.
To make conversations appear chat-like, Twitter has also been considering a new round design for replies.
In addition, the app has also been testing a “subscribe to conversation” feature that would notify users everytime a tweet is added to the conversation in order to keep up with it, without actually becoming a part of the thread. (IANS)
Call it a sureshot Snapchat redesign fiasco in the making. The new Twitter look on desktop left users baffled on Tuesday who yelled at the micro-blogging platform for unnecessary trying to bring mobile experience to a desktop.
The new look, gradually being rolled out globally which has reached India, has even removed the profile with photo option on top left — a must for any social media platform to let users know whom they are chatting with — and buried that under a slug called “Profile”.
The tweaks with the design saw users freaking out on Twitter with memes, GIFs and angry posts.
“Do not fix what’s not broken,” a user wrote.
“This is such a bad design that no one wants. I really don’t know what the design team was thinking, because this update is not suitable for desktop usage at all. You’ve designed it to function like a mobile app with obnoxiously big buttons + sections, but this ain’t a mobile,” another user posted.
The updated Twitter website brings more of What’s Happening along with access to other features like Bookmarks, Lists and Profile.
The new version comes with an expanded Direct Messages section and the ability to let users switch between accounts faster and directly from the side navigation. It comes with new dark themes — Dim and Lights Out.
As part of the redesign, while the Home, Explore, Notification and Messages options have been shifted to the left of the desktop, the trending section has been moved to the right of the screen.
“#NewTwitter in a word, hideous. Please listen to those of us who actually USE @twitter rather than your ivory tower engineers. Just because you can design it does not mean you should. Among ugliest interfaces ever. Don’t need live counters. Profile page is now artless. #Clueless,” tweeted another user.
“It is garbage. I have a feeling you’re intentionally trying to kill your platform for all but corporate ad-shills,” wrote another.
“Revert it. You f***** it up again. At times when I want to full screen a video, I get put back to the top of my timeline. Really annoying. After 4 years you still couldn’t fix video buffering and quality either. Work on that instead of new UI that is just worse in usability,” yelled a Twitter user @CalemAnnk.
@bazyjonesy wrote: “I tried this new UI a while back. I could not find a single part of the experience that it improved. They must have a shower of donkeys working at twitter who don’t have a clue what people want”.
“It’s terrible. The tweets – you know, the entire reason people use your site — take up less than one third of the screen. Even the always-visible menu (why?) takes up more space! How did this pass usability testing? A desktop/laptop monitor is not a mobile phone,” said @Paul_LFC.
If CEO Jack Dorsey has approved this redesign, he must take a cue from Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel who approved a major redesign in February 2018 that plunged the company’s growth.
Snapchat’s redesign was a disaster. It led Snapchat’s user count to actually shrink in March.
The company was forced to bring back the popular feature called “reverse chronological order” into its app that allowed users to see recent stories first. (IANS)