Introducing a Simpler Twitter

Twitter is introducing a fresher look with a new interface, making the platform feel lighter, faster, and easier to use. After receiving feedback and ideas from their fans, they've kept the things they love and took a new approach to fix the things they don't. And no, you still can't edit tweets. 

The improved design revamps the Twitter timeline by turning the previous square profile pictures into circles and reduces the tabs at the bottom of the app for less clutter and easier browsing. Additionally, a new navigation sidebar will now contain a user's profile, additional accounts, settings, and privacy – all in one place.

Twitter also changed the interaction buttons on tweets to "avoid confusion for new users." The 'reply' button is now a more recognizable message bubble instead of the original arrow icon. 

Also included in the update:

  • Links to articles and websites now open in Safari’s viewer in the Twitter app so you can easily access accounts on websites you’re already signed into.
  • Tweets now update instantly with reply, Retweet, and like counts so you can see conversations as they’re happening – live. (Mobile only)
  • Additional accessibility choices such as increased color contrast and the option to always open supported links in Safari Reader view. (iOS only)

Here's the new look:

Of course, the update doesn't come without a little distaste from Twitter users. Some are claiming that the circular icon are visually unappealing on the timeline. Others expressed that the new icons are restrictive to profiles that use text, logos, or QR codes for an avatar. 

What do you think about Twitter's new look? Let us know in the comments below!