Twitter unveiled a new-look that it hopes will encourage more people to flock to the site – and make for a simpler, yet richer, experience for the millions already in the nest. Essentially, it’s a complete top-to-bottom revamp, and also includes UI reboots of TweetDeck. The Twitter’s new look will be rolling out to the web interface soon, but anyone with an iPhone or Android device can check out the new Twitter right now.
Twitter’s tab menu is a focus of the redesign, and all options there will be rebranded and expanded.
Twitter’s navigation has been distilled into four buttons: A Home button, which shows the timeline of tweets from people you follow; a Connect button, shaped like a ‘@’; a Discover button, which is the familiar hash tag (#); and a Me button, which contains your profile, your direct messages, your favorites and more. The still-new Activity tab, which holds information about what your Twitter friends are up to on the service, is now under the Discover (#) button. To access your DMs, simply click down on the Me icon – that little avatar to the left of the Compose new Tweet icon, on the top-right of Twitter.com – and you’ll find your Direct Messages link on the dropdown list.
Home, currently called Timeline, will flip around: Navigation will be on the left side, while tweets from the user and others whom the user follows will be on the right, with photos and videos available within tweets. The feature will be 500 percent faster than Timeline was three or four months ago.
Here’s Twitter’s explanation of the changes: