Finally, the Twitter website is getting a redesign as the company has been testing a new version of its desktop website since the start of the year. Today, the final look of the redesigned desktop website is rolling out to the public. The upgraded experience simplifies navigation with a new and fairly large left-hand sidebar that directs you to all of Twitter’s key sections, including Notifications, Direct Messages, Explore, Bookmarks, Lists, and more.
The site will also feature an expanded, more inbox-like Direct Messages screen where you can view and respond to conversations in one place; plus easy profile switching, support for more themes, advanced search, and other features. The popular dark mode, dim and the very black lights out mode are now supported along with more ways to personalize Twitter through different themes and color options.
The more noticeable change is the organization and layout of the Twitter home screen itself. The redesigned desktop website is specifically designed to make it easier to move around twitter. Before you click on the profile icon to access features like Lists, Themes, Settings, and other options. However, getting to the moments was available both in this Profile dropdown menu and in the main Twitter navigation at the top of the screen, next to Notifications and Messages.
Now the moments are being downgraded to the more menu in the redesigned version, whereas on mobile explore will direct users to more live videos and personalized local moments, says Twitter. This is also the place where you will find top trends, Personalized Trends will be featured on the right-hand sidebar on the home screen. The company has finally brought a year old bookmark feature to the desktop main navigation.
In this update, the new navigation menu includes Home, Explore, Notifications, Messages, Bookmarks, Lists, Profile, and then More the latter, a menu where you’ll find things like Moments, Twitter’s ad tools, Settings, and other features as well. The new feature has been tweaked with options to include a photo, GIF, poll or emoji now all in the bottom left, along with the emoji button now swapping in for the location button, following Twitter’s decision to make sharing precise location less of a priority, given its lack of use.
If you don’t like the size of the navigation label size, you can make the webpage smaller which then hides the text labels of the navigation items, leaving only their icons. This is not useful if you keep Twitter open in a tab alongside all your other tabs. It works better if you pop out Twitter.com into its own window. The navigation changes like a design choice which twitter made to simplify the use of its product by more casual users and newcomers.
The company has struggled with user growth over the past couple of years. Now, you just have to be almost completely web illiterate to not find your way around the new Twitter.com. But only time will tell what effect this has on growing its user base