Twitter rolls out desktop redesign inspired by iOS, Android apps

Twitter announced very appropriately via a single tweet that it's rolling out a redesign of the twitter.com desktop website. The redesign aims to take on a more similar look to its updated iOS and Android apps. Indeed, it does a pretty good job of doing just that.

The website removes the dark navigation bar at the top in favor of a clean white one, like in the aforementioned mobile apps. The addition of more vibrant blue colors throughout the website in particular seem to draw from iOS 7's tendency to prefer bright almost neon colors.

The width of the timeline has gotten a bit bigger too, which makes image previews larger. No, unfortunately, it doesn't look like Twitter threw in an option to disable these images from the settings for the desktop website. (You still can't edit tweets yet either.) However, you can still opt-out of them on the mobile apps if you choose to. The left column also now includes your banner image above where you can compose a tweet.

Overall it's a simple update that will bring consistency to the design of Twitter across multiple platforms, a goal that's been apparent within Twitter's team now more than ever. Since it's a rollout, if you haven't received the new look on your account just yet, expect to see it soon.

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So they took the current design and made everything white except for a few parts..
Sorry Twitter, this is just ugly and very much iOS referring. I don't want that!

Also I do have the design already.. still waiting for the Facebook one I signed up for since the list got open..

The UI looks the same to me... just changing the bar at the top to white (makes my profile look ugly compared to when it was the dark grey/black bar), and some minor icon changes. Nice update overall, but I wish they gave an option to make the bars black/grey instead of only white.

Why don't you ask Twitter when they plan on updating their Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone app, considering its still bug ridden and now outdated

What bugs are there and how is it outdated? It got a major overhaul last year and I haven't seen any flaws. It's the fastest Twitter app and the notifications are instant (I dumped all my third-party Twitter apps after the last release).

j2006 said,
What bugs are there and how is it outdated? It got a major overhaul last year and I haven't seen any flaws. It's the fastest Twitter app and the notifications are instant (I dumped all my third-party Twitter apps after the last release).

I wouldn't say it's outdated... but the notifications definitely appear on my iPhone first, as everything does tbh!

The bugs are that the Windows 8 app takes over 30 seconds to load once you use it for a while since the cache never gets cleared. In addition, it isn't compiled for Windows 8.1 so it can only be snapped to the side in the skinny sliver, rather than 50/50 split or another variable portion of the screen.

xpxp2002 said,
The bugs are that the Windows 8 app takes over 30 seconds to load once you use it for a while since the cache never gets cleared. In addition, it isn't compiled for Windows 8.1 so it can only be snapped to the side in the skinny sliver, rather than 50/50 split or another variable portion of the screen.

Actually, that's true... wouldn't mind seeing the snapping issue sorted.

It looks inspired by Microsoft's web UI on outlook.com with the bar accross the top with functions and settings, not ios 7.

BTW I have the new UI.

Northgrove said,
Oh yes, I do.

I have two accounts, one I use on the desktop, one I use on my iPhone.

Switch between both on my Surface at home though because it's so easy on that app.

subcld said,
interesting that means they didn't design windows phone app

I believe, just as with the Facebook App, that Microsoft made it...

subcld said,
interesting that means they didn't design windows phone app

It'd rather have a Windows Phone app that uses the OS design language; make the app feels much more native.

These companies are making too OS specific designs. Facebook Chat for Android is a perfect Example. Why does it look like it was made for iO7 on Android?

warwagon said,
These companies are making too OS specific designs. Facebook Chat for Android is a perfect Example. Why does it look like it was made for iO7 on Android?

That annoys me too.

During the iOS 6 days, both Twitter and Facebook were on a 'middle of the road' design approach to their mobile apps. The apps (especially Facebook) kinda stuck out on either platform IMO.

Twitter and Facebook's approach with iOS 7 has been different, obviously. I'd say they both mesh with the OS core design better. The Facebook/Twitter apps look like 1st party apps currently.

I don't necessarily think that the changes are for the best. For example, I really miss the left side menu that was accessible with a gesture in the old Facebook app. The best Twitter app version was around iOS 5 when it had that awesome multi-page layouts (for the iPad).

warwagon said,
These companies are making too OS specific designs. Facebook Chat for Android is a perfect Example. Why does it look like it was made for iO7 on Android?

Because mobile is huge these days, especially with social networks. A great deal of their users are thus coming from mobile, and then it makes sense from a user experience perspective to mimic the environment they're used to. Twitter was made to be comfortable for iOS and Android users because most of their mobile users are coming from that way.

I don't think it's lazy coders (work had to happen to not have the interfaces remain different after all), but very much intentional.

Because Android in itself has no consistency to it and looks like something you bought at Toys'R'Us compared to iOS7.