We have been using Twitter for 10 years and run Twitter Courses every month. Therefore, we always excited to learn about the latest Twitter developments. On a couple of our accounts we have started to the Twitter Sneak Peek’ invite – offering you the chance to take a sneak peek at the new Twitter interface. If you do happen to see it, click it! Within an instant you will be able to see how the Twitter website may probably look in the future.
Straightaway you will see that we have gone from 2 Sidebars down to 1 – which now appears on the right-hand side. Your Feed now appears on the left. And , as you can see below, Trends has now moved to the right along with Media.
What’s happening still appears at the top of the feed but notice how the Twitter quill has now moved from top right to the bottom right.
If we look at the Compose element we can see that the Location button has now been removed and we are left with image, gif and polls as additional options for composing. The other change within this section is that the circle icon (don’t you just hate it?) has now been placed below the compose box.
So, how does a typical Twitter interface look? Here are 2 different examples. They are definitely simpler and cleaner-looking.
The Header which ran across the top of the page has now been replaced with a shorter one, though Photos and images have been promoted to a prime position at the of the page. Is that a nod towards our increased use of media? One thing you will notice if you visit someone else’s Twitter account is that the Tweet to button is no longer available, though clicking on the Tweet button in the bottom right has the same function. The Message button has moved above the the bio to just undertake Header. Followers and Following has now been moved to just below the bio and Lists have been hidden away under the Settings button (next to Direct message).
All in all I like the decluttering that Twitter has done to the Desktop interface. It’s going to take some time to get used to it but it is certainly an improvement.