Friday, June 16, 2017

Twitter launches biggest redesign to its micro-blogging platform in years, goes slick and minimalist

Twitter has pulled off a major revamp of its app in years, and the micro-blogging service has now included a bunch of new visual elements along with other upgrades. The new design has taken the minimalism route and there’s a lot that has been changed. A part of these updates was noted in earlier beta releases, but now the upgrades have been rolled out to all the users. The redesigned Twitter is available on both desktop and app version.

In the new design, you no more get the ‘quill’ icon to compose a tweet. Instead, it has been replaced with a more visible icon that reads ‘Tweet’, for Twitter web only. Moreover, all the solid gray ‘Retweet’, ‘Reply and ‘Heart” icons are now just minimally outlined icons. The retweet and heart counts have now been beefed up with slick rollover animation. You will also notice yours and others Twitter avatar icons now come in round circular shape, whereas earlier it was a square icon with round edges.

Just like last year on Android, users will see tabs for the profile, additional accounts, settings, and privacy all in one place on iOS as well. The social media platform has also got new typography to show off which it claims to be more consistent and bolder. Grace Kim, Vice President of User Research & Design at Twitter writes in a blog post, “we’ve refined our typography to make it more consistent, and added bolder headlines to make it easier to focus on what’s happening.” 

Twitter now also allows opening web links and articles with the in-app Safari viewer, which lets you access accounts on other websites you are already signed into. If you’re unable to see these changes, you can try and update the Twitter app on your iOS and Android smartphone via App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. The new design will be rolled out across Twitter for the web, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite over upcoming weeks.

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