Twitter’s web site is about to get an enormous makeover.
The corporate’s at the moment testing a redesigned model of its web site, which is able to carry bookmarks, the discover tab, and a brand new “data-saver” mode to its desktop web site. It is also actually, actually, white.
Formally, the redesign will not roll out to everybody for a while, although the corporate confirmed off a short preview in a tweet Thursday. However Twitter’s already already testing the brand new look with a “small quantity” of its customers who’re in a position to choose in to the brand new look.
My account was apparently in that group as a result of I obtained a pop-up Thursday asking if I needed to check out the “new Twitter.” After utilizing it for simply over 24 hours now, I am right here to report that, sure, it’s totally, very, white. However, regardless of the brand new minimalist look, Twitter has made a number of good additions as nicely.
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The brand new look
The very first thing you discover concerning the new Twitter is that it is extraordinarily white. Much like the flat design Fb rolled out a 12 months in the past, Twitter’s new web site options so much of white area. All through the positioning, there’s far more empty area, giving the entire thing a cleaner look. Even the small Twitter emblem on the high of the browser tab has been given the identical remedy.
Although the brand new cleaner aesthetic will possible be welcomed by designers, it’s going to positively take numerous getting used to for the remainder of us. The brand new design feels much less cramped, however it additionally has the impact of exhibiting so much much less data in the identical quantity of area as earlier than. This implies you will should do far more scrolling than you are used to.
Navigationally, Twitter’s new look will even take some getting used to. There’s additionally now not something within the lefthand column of your timeline, for one. Trending matters have moved to the suitable, alongside observe ideas. There’s additionally now not the little pane on the left that exhibits your avatar and follower numbers.
There may be, nevertheless, a brand new persistent “compose tweet” button that lives within the backside right-hand nook of the positioning so that you needn’t needlessly scroll again up each time you need to tweet, which is an efficient factor.
There are different good options, too. Twitter has lastly introduced its bookmarking function to the online with the redesign (so you possibly can lastly put all of your embarrassing likes behind you as soon as and for all), in addition to its much-vaunted “discover” tab which is able to substitute the “Moments” part because it has on cell.
The web site additionally comes with a brand new “data-saver” mode which seems to forestall web site previews and pictures from mechanically loading in your timeline (presumably for these on slower connections).
However the space that is most likely improved probably the most is direct messages. Anybody who has spent any important period of time swapping direct messages is aware of that Twitter’s messaging interface is severely missing, to say the least. And whereas the brand new model of the function continues to be a far cry from the standalone messaging app some have hoped for, it is a huge enchancment over what we have now now.
It is now not a single, small pop-up window for one. Clicking into your messages takes you to a full-page expertise solely for messages. You’ll be able to rapidly scroll by way of your current messages, type by way of message requests, and fireplace off new ones.
After all, regardless of what number of enhancements Twitter makes, the corporate is prone to get numerous pushback from its customers who’re infamous for hating even the smallest modifications. (And, if the response to Fb’s minimalist redesign final 12 months was any indication, not everyone seems to be as satisfied by the Silicon Valley designer-preferred minimalist look.)
There may be some excellent news for the haters, although. Since Twitter is just simply starting to check the brand new design, we’re possible nonetheless fairly a methods out from it being pressured on the Twitter lots simply but. So, take pleasure in your cramped and not-quite-so-white twitter.com whilst you can — change is on the best way,