New year, new Twitter.
The social network service is revamping its website and has selected a small number of accounts to preview the new version, and give feedback.
Our account seemed to have made it through Twitter's lottery system:
In an introduction to the changes, Twitter says the new features include bookmarks, improved "trends" and direct messaging functionality, an emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts and advanced search. More functions are coming, Twitter says. This will include easier switching between accounts, as well as between "top" and "latest" tweets.
We took a sneak peek at the new Twitter and here's what it looks like.
Move the arrows to compare the 'old Twitter' to 'new Twitter'.
The tabs are now marked with icons - titles for "home", "moments" "notifications" etc. have been removed. The Twitter "moments" button has also completely disappeared.
Photos and videos have been removed from the left side of a user's profile to the top right next to the cover image.
The tweet button is no longer at the top-right corner of the page but has been moved to the bottom-right side of the page, to stand on its own.
A new bookmark feature allows 'tweeps' (users) to save tweets for later.
Previously, if a user liked a tweet or wanted to keep it for later, the only alternatives were to either retweet it or like it (after which it would appear under "liked" posts). This put users in a bit of a predicament for tweets they didn't like or agree with, but nonetheless, wanted to save for later.
Saved tweets will now appear in the user's bookmarks list and the best part about that is that the account that the tweet originates from will not get notified when their tweet is bookmarked. Bookmarks are also private: users cannot view your bookmarked tweets or get notified when you save them.
For those who prefer the dark look for aesthetic, accessibility or power saving reasons, Twitter has now extended the night mode function to the web too.
Users will be able to surf Twitter in data-saving mode too. When data-saving mode is on, images from tweets will not be automatically loaded. The user saves data by deciding which images to load. The tweet will also indicate the size of the image.
Twitter moved the emoji button from the top right corner of the tweet composition box to the bottom right of it - which isn't exactly a tweak worth making noise about.
New Twitter trends list has been expanded and users can now view more than 10 trending topics on the web. Previously, Twitter web users were restricted to viewing no more than 10 trending topics which have now been expanded up to 20.
Reaction to the new Twitter redesign has been lukewarm. Local equity trader Karin Richards isn't particularly pleased with the makeover:
It's horrible. Hate it. Desktop users do not want the abbreviated mobile feel - that's why we use desktop. And switching tweets from R side of page to left makes it awkward. Please JUST GIVE US THE BOOKMARK FUNCTION AND LEAVE THE REST ALONE.— Karin Richards (@Richards_Karin) January 22, 2019
We also liked the new bookmark feature, which along with the expanded trends list and dark-mode function were the only function that really impressed us.
The tweaked mentions section was not a hit with another user, @TheGoldenRatio4.
When I click on a mention, it takes me to a new page w/ the tweet that mentioned me rather than opening it up in a pop over. This makes me have to click back every time I want to see a tweet in context and reply and then return to mentions- a real degradation in user experience— The Golden Ratio (@TheGoldenRatio4) January 22, 2019
Twitter still also hasn't added an edit button despite a long-standing pleas from as high up as Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian).
ALL WE WANT IS AN EDIT BUTTON— Eleanor Hurt ???? #wttcp2 (@eleanor_hurt) January 22, 2019
edit button ...— smile and be happy ?? (@youstillhappy) January 22, 2019
delete received messages, as in whatsapp ...
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