Twitter evaluates brand-new desktop designs


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If your Twitter feed looks a bit various, there’s an excellent factor.

The microblogging service presented a revamped desktop design on Tuesday that includes an easier, airier appearance. The redesign, which Twitter announced in January, was formerly readily available to a minimal variety of users through an opt-in program.

The style revamp does not seem the very same for everybody though. One design includes 2 columns instead of 3, with a bigger timeline left wing and the trending subjects and who to follow functions moved from the delegated the ideal column. Still others are getting a design with a 3rd, fixed column that holds the typical tools such as alerts and messages.

New look with the (optional?) 3rd column on left.

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A Twitter agent stated the business is still checking brand-new styles for the site.

“We’re testing a few things so people may see different versions,” a Twitter spokesperson stated. “We wanted to test out in the open to get feedback and see what people think.”

The brand-new look likewise confines other personalized functions, some that had actually been offered piecemeal, consisting of the alternative to alter the size of your text, switch to dark mode (with a black background rather of white) and the alternative to pick the most recent tweets initially.

The modifications come as Twitter continues to attempt to come up with brand-new functions to increase user engagement. On Tuesday, Twitter stated its regular monthly active users increased to 330 million in the very first quarter from 321 million users in the 4th quarter.

Even though Twitter alerted months ago that modifications were afoot, some users appeared puzzled by the modifications Tuesday.

A D. Giggs wondered if Twitter had actually presented a redesign…

…while a user called Cobalt pled Twitter to change it back to the previous design. “This is a cluttered mess without rhyme nor reason. Everything’s small and crowded,” Cobalt tweeted. “What were you thinking?”

CNET’s Queenie Wong added to this report.

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