It’s just been revealed that our beloved Twitter has had a fancy new makeover, which will mean subtle changes to the way the platform looks and works. But did it really need a redesign?
The new Twitter design looks similar, but on the new Home page tweets from those you follow are displayed on the right hand side and on the left there are a few boxes which make up a new-look sidebar.
The @connect page is where all of your @mentions or @replies are stored, so not too much difference there. The # or hash tag has been rebranded as #discover. You can now see (or discover, sorry) usual trending topics as well as all kinds of things that are customised to your interests and location. According to Twitter as you use this tool more and more it’ll get better at recommending you content.
Your profile looks a little bigger and is laid out differently too, but it’s essentially all of the stuff from before in brand new clothes.
The new profile is being rolled out to users right now and according to Twitter downloading the latest version of the app to your phone (because the mobile app has changed too), will activate it on your computer.
The new design appears to make sense, ensuring the interface is much more intuitive and rich in content. However, let’s hope Twitter doesn’t keep tinkering with the design over the coming months, after all its simplicity is what makes it so appealing to the majority of its users.
Check out the Twitter: Yours to discover video, which walks you through some of the new features.
By Becca Caddy | December 8th, 2011