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Twitter unveils more user-friendly design

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, June 16, 2017 | 02:36 pm
Twitter unveils more user-friendly design

Available on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck and Twitter Lite, users can spot some design tweaks on the platform, which includes a rounded profile picture. (Shutterstock/Khomkrit Phonsai)

Social media platform Twitter launched the latest revamp of its design on Thursday.

On its official blog, Twitter User Research and Design vice president Grace Kim said the new look aimed to make the social media app feel lighter, faster and easier to use.

Available on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck and Twitter Lite, users can spot some design tweaks on the platform, which includes a rounded profile picture.

“The rounded profile photos make it clearer to see what is being said and who is saying it,” Kim said in a statement.

The new design also puts profiles, additional accounts, settings and privacy features in one place, making it easier for users to browse the app’s essentials. The platform’s typography changed as well, aiming to be more consistent compared with the previous design. Bolder headlines were applied to make it easier for users to focus on what is happening.  

Read also: Twitter Lite launched in Indonesia

Twitter's new look.(Twitter's offical blog/File)

As part of Twitter’s efforts to boost its number of users, the revamp also intended to cater to more newcomers by changing the reply icon to a speech bubble.

“People thought the reply icon, an arrow, meant delete or go back to the previous page,” Kim explained, adding that the speech bubble was an icon most people are familiar with.

The new design also allows iOS users to open links to articles and websites in Safari’s viewer in the app.

Also, Twitter did not want to miss out on the Live feature hype. The feature Live Tweets is now available, except on twitter.com and Twitter Lite, allowing users to see replies, retweets and likes of ongoing threads as they happen. (kes)

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