Design changes: For Twitter, desktop is now following mobile

Twitter has finally started to roll out its redesigned look for its desktop website; a move that the micro-blogging service thinks will bring the site more in line with the look of its mobile apps.


When you log into your Twitter accounts today, in all probability, you will be accosted with a brand new look of the website. For those of you who’ve been used to Twitter’s older design, this new look will probably come as a bit of a shock.


For one, Twitter has done away with its black-and-blue colour scheme and has instead opted for a white-and-blue one, similar to the design of Twitter’s native iOS, Android and Windows Phone clients. Twitter announced the upcoming new look via a blog post in January and it immediately raised questions about how well its power users would take the change.


While Twitter had not revealed too much then, it is evident that a lot has changed with the new look. The fonts are now much larger, as are image previews and buttons. There are new Compose and Direct Message icons that reflect the redesign that Twitter put out for Android and iOS last year. There’s also a new navigation bar, a much larger one, which now lets you change tabs between Home, Connect, Discover and Me.


Twitter also announced the rollout with a tweet suggesting that you will now have a lot more say in how your own Twitter profile should look. Besides changing themes and colour schemes you can also choose link colours and other design elements in your profile.


While regular users of Twitter may take a while before they get used to the new design, there will at least be consistency when they switch between mobile applications and the web. That’s one point to Twitter for uniformity.



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