Twitter rolled out a new look and a handful of upgrades Thursday. The changes filtered through Twitter.com, its iOS app, TweetDeck, and other platforms throughout the day. For not the first time, Twitter proved platform updates are a double-edged sword. Sometimes there are legitimately helpful updates, and sometimes the update is ridiculed mercilessly. This might fall into the latter category, judging by the reaction on Twitter.
The platform says the update was conceived with "lots of feedback and ideas from you," but what is likely the most requested updated -- an edit button -- still hasn't arrived. Instead, most Tweeters think the biggest change to the platform is that anything with sharp edges has had its edges rounded out.
It had everyone making jokes about the overhaul.
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Oddly, Twitter didn't give jokes about the redesign its own moment.
Among the changes that don't involve cutting corners, Twitter has streamlined the iOS app with a side navigation menu and fewer tabs at the bottom of the app. In the announcement, Twitter says it has also "refined our typography to make it more consistent, and added bolder headlines to make it easier to focus on what’s happening." Any typography fans in the house?
Additionally, reply, retweet, and like counts now update live. Memelords will no longer have to hit refresh to see if their dank memes are hitting.
Basically, they just took a belt sander to the old design. If yours hasn't updated yet, spend a few moments to enjoy the good old days while they're still the present.
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