Tech World: Twitter rolls out a new desktop design
Despite users calling for Twitter to introduce an edit button, the platform is yet to respond to the calls.
The most noticeable change is that the top navigation bar has been moved to the left sidebar, which contains bookmarks, lists, your profile, and a new explore tab.
Twitter says the explore tab has been brought over from its mobile app to feature more live videos and personalized local trends. Search also got an update, as well, which puts tabs for moving between “Top,” “Latest,” “People,” “Photos” and “Videos” at the top of the screen, with Advanced Search Filters to the right.
Direct messages (DM) have also been revamped to show conversations and sent messages in the same window. There is now a double-paned DM section which is more welcome as it makes using Messages feel more like the real inbox it often is with the message list on the left and conversations on the right.
The desktop experience is getting different themes and colour schemes as well, including more two options for dark mode. For those with multiple Twitter accounts, you can now switch between them from the main navigation.
The side navigation bar will also make it easier for users with multiple accounts to switch profiles quickly without having to log in and log out, a feature that’s been available on the mobile app for years, with a long-press of the home icon.
Unlike previous redesigns, however, opting in to the new experience will be mandatory.