13 November 2019
After months of beta testing that started last year, Twitter has officially started rolling out the major website design overhaul for all users around the world. It is aimed at making the whole navigation process easier and is the biggest Twitter website overhaul in over five years.
The biggest change that you will notice straight away is that Twitter.com now appears to be a lot cleaner. The main feed comprising of tweets is still in the center but the left and right sidebars have been tweaked. The left sidebar shows options like Home, Explore, Notifications, Messages, Moments, Lists, Profile, and More. A few of these options used to be on the top along with the user's profile photo, twitter handle, and followers/following count.
The right sidebar is now dedicated for showing current trends on Twitter which was available on the left side in the previous design. It is accompanied by a search bar at the top and suggested accounts to follow at the bottom. Other than this, you will notice that text fonts are bolder and option icons are minimalist. It also has two dark modes called Dim and Lights Out which basically means less dark (Blue Gray background) and darker (Black background) respectively.
If this new design seems familiar to you, it is because it is inspired by how Twitter smartphone apps have been designed. If you are a regular user of any of those apps, you would not take long to get accustomed to the website redesign. But for others, the mileage will definitely vary. This brings us to the point that even if you end up disliking the change, there is nothing you can do about it. There is no way of going back to the old design once the new design becomes available to you.
The Twitter redesign has received mixed responses so far but the team is not too much worried about the negative feedback. It is because the new design was selected from different designs that were tested with a number of beta testers for a significant period of time. But other than the reception, it will be interesting to see if the redesign will help Twitter see any improvement in user engagement and new user registrations.