After weeks of testing with a small group of users, Twitter has released its new homepage redesign to the U.S. public.
The new look was designed to mimic Twitter’s iOS and Android apps with their clean white design and emphasis on visuals. The interface was originally unveiled in early January to mixed results, as people voiced their displeasure with the beefy added aesthetic. The navigation bar at the top of the site is bulkier, which could prove to be a hassle to those who prefer their toolbar to be slim and insignificant, while the navigational icons—Home, Connect, Discover and Me—remain the same.
Tweets and media seem to take up more space on the screen. Twitter is one of the more popular websites in the world, but their consistent popularity stems from their willingness to adjust to its competitors like Instagram and Facebook, who have made visuals a primary focus. Users gravitate towards clear, large visuals (take today's launch of Paper), and this update will surely please fans of Vine, Instagram and Pinterest. The only complaint we have is the lack of picture filtering, or, a “View Picture” option. Twitter is great for memes and GIFs, but it’s also a place where one can be unfiltered with their content and jokes. Whether tweets and pictures are clean or crude, there should be a warning system in place for certain pictures that could be, let's say, graphic.
We're all about that #SavageTwitter lifestyle, but there’s nothing worse than seeing a picture of a woman giving birth floating across your timeline without warning while you're eating pasta. If a user doesn’t want to see an image, it shouldn’t be automatically thrown at them.
Despite all the early resentment from Twitter users, this will be an update that will be forgotten in the next few weeks. Twitter should be applauded for its continuous efforts to switch things up even when they don’t need to.