Twitter Is Testing a New Desktop Layout and Tweeps Are Conflicted

Image Courtesy | Keny Yeung Twitter

Twitter has been testing new layouts for their desktop site( both internally and externally over the past few months since they began in January. They had notified users but people were not expecting that much. The recent design the company is testing has left people conflicted.

It has gotten some love from some

while the majority not so much.

The rollout is available to most users as the microblogging platform tries to find ways to increase engagement for its current users and make it easy for new users to get on board.

How the layout looks like

The new design has three columns, with trending in the right column, your timeline at the centre and on the left column is the Home, Explore, Notifications, Messages, Bookmarks, Lists, Profile and More. The Menu bar has been moved from the top left with the addition of a floating Tweet button plus Search will now be always available.

There is a lot to hate about the new layout

It’s a terrible version of its mobile website

Twitter needs to work on its Progressive Web App(PWA)

As a person who prefers small icons and fonts, I’m glad the design hasn’t been made available to me

Everything is all over the place

People hate the design so much they would redo it for free

Here’s how to opt out

Thank the heavens, Twitter gave us an opt-out option. Click on the More button that sends you to other options including Moments, Promote Mode, Twitter Ads, Media Studio, Settings and Privacy, Help Center, Dark Mode toggle and the Switch to Legacy Twitter. Clicking on it reverts you to the old layout.

Refined Twitter is a handy Chrome extension for Twitter you should try out – thank us later.


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