Twitter has been going through a lot of changes lately. Not just in terms of how the service works, but also on the design front. It takes time to refine the overall aesthetic of a service, and I can only imagine how tough it’d be to design apps for multiple platforms.
If you happen to use Twitter on Android, iOS, the web, Twitter Lite, or TweetDeck, you’re in for a nice surprise. The Twitter team has just announced a visual refresh to basically all its services, which will begin rolling out over the next few days and weeks.
For starters, all of these Twitter apps will be getting a much more refined typography, which will feature bolder headlines and a consistent look. Rounded profile pictures are on their way with this update, too.
Twitter is also bringing more intuitive icons to its applications. For instance, many people thought the reply icon, which is an arrow, meant delete or that it would take them back to a previous page. That reply icon will be switched to a speech bubble with this update.
If you happen to be an iOS user (which I know some of you are), you’ll be getting a few improvements Android users saw last year. Twitter will now show profile, additional accounts, settings, and privacy options all in one, easy-to-access side navigation menu. This will make the app look much less cluttered. Links to articles and websites will now open in Safari’s viewer in the Twitter app, which means you’ll now be able to easily access accounts on websites you’re already signed into.
Finally, on Android, iOS, and TweetDeck, tweets will now update instantly with reply, Retweet, and like counts, allowing you to see conversations as they’re happening.
Interested in trying out this new Twitter update? Head to the Play Store link below to grab the latest version.
Accept/delete Twitter Direct Messages from people you don’t know
May 30: Twitter is adding some more privacy for users who want to accept Direct Messages from anyone, even from people they don’t follow. From now on, users of the Android and iOS app, along with Twitter.com, can choose to either accept or delete any Direct Messages before they read them. If you accept a DM from someone you don’t know on Twitter, the message will then be moved to the inbox and that person will then know you have accepted and seen that message. If you don’t want to accept the message, you can delete it so you won’t see it in your inbox.
New rules for @usernames in 140 character messages
March 30: Twitter updated its service so that inserting @usernames in replies to individuals or groups will no longer be counted as part of its normal 140 character barrier.
Fighting abusive content
February 7: Twitter posted new updates aimed at reducing the amount of abusive content found on the social network. They include preventing people who previously had a Twitter account suspended from creating more accounts, along with filtering potentially sensitive content, or ones that have been blocked, from search results. Finally, it will “collapse” abusive or “low-quality” replies.
February 6: GIF keyboard functionality has now been integrated into the Twitter app. The upgrade allows users to search for and post GIFs from popular websites like GIPHY and Imgur on Twitter when using compatible keyboards such as Gboard (formerly Google Keyboard) and Chrooma.
January 26: Twitter is adding a new Explore tab to its Android and iOS apps that will be the new home for trending topics, Moments, search and the best of live video. In the past, you’d need to go to a few different places to find each one of these experiences, but now they’re all in one tab.
Unfortunately, Twitter hasn’t rolled out the new Explore tab to Android users just yet. The Twitter update is live for iOS users today as of January 26, and will arrive to Android in the following weeks.