Twitter redesigns website to look more like mobile

Steven Loeb · January 14, 2014 · Short URL:

The layout is changed, and the pop-out window for new tweets is gone

In case you need some further proof that everything is going mobile these days (though I really do not know why you would) here you go: Twitter has gone ahead and redone its website to look more like the version you see on iOS and Android.

The company's mobile apps have become so popular that the company wants to replicate their look, and feel, even on the Web,

The change was announced via a tweet sent out on Monday, which included an image of what the site will now look like:

So what's new here?

Well, everything that used to appear at the top center of your profile, including your name, profile picture,  how many tweets you have, how many people you’re following, and how many people follow you, have all been moved to the left hand side.

In addition, Twitter has reformatted the compose box, making it inline, so that it no longer pops out like it used to. If you're a stickler, or a little OCD, and you like things to be the way they were before, you can still compose your tweets via a pop out window if you click on the "compose new tweet" button that is now located in the top right corner.

Some of the icons are different, as is some of the coloring, but the stream itself seems to have been mostly left alone, and no other functions seem to have been added; this was merely an aesthetic update to bring some uniformity to Twitter's multiple platforms.

In December, Twitter overhauled its mobile apps with a major redesign of their own. 

The update allowed users to share and view photos via direct message via mobile for the first time, as well as a new tab in the navigation bar to make accessing DMs easier.

In addition, Twitter added the ability to swipe from the Home timeline to the Discover and Activity timelines.

On Twitter for iOS, new in-app notifications were released to show users when people send them a DM or favorite, retweet and reply to their Tweets. And on Twitter for Android, it added on mobile notifications for specific users, which can be accessed by tapping the star on their profile.

And the company has a good reason to not only update its mobile apps, but to make the website look more like them: that is where is users are going.

In the three months ended September 30, 2013, 76% of Twitter's 231.7 million average MAUs came from a mobile devices, compared to 69% in the same time period in 2012.

From now on its pretty obvious that Twitter's mobile apps will be getting the updates first, with the Web version coming up behind.

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