Twitter’s website is getting a noteworthy redesign. The company has been trying another of a new version of its desktop website since the start of the year, and today the final product will be made available to the general public. The redesigned experience rearranges navigation with another — and genuinely enormous — left-hand sidebar that guides you to the majority of Twitter’s key segments, including Notifications, Direct Messages, Explore, Bookmarks, Lists and that’s just the beginning. The site additionally includes an extended, more inbox-like Direct Messages screen where you can view and react to discussions in a single spot; in addition to simple profile exchanging, support for more themes, advanced search and other features.
Twitter’s borrowed a few more features from its mobile apps to improve the desktop experience, like the ‘sparkle’ button on the home bar that lets you switch between seeing the latest, chronologically-ordered tweets instead of Top tweets. The side navigation bar will also make it easier for users with multiple accounts to switch profiles quickly without having to log in and log out, a feature that’s been available on the mobile app for years, with a long-press of the home icon.
Here are a few key functionality changes:
- The ‘Explore’ tab is now available on desktop, making it easier to find live video and local moments based on your location.
- Bookmarks, lists, and your profile are easier to access with their own spots in the side navigation menu.
- Direct Messages now have a larger view, allowing you to respond to messages and see your various conversations on the same screen.
- The sidebar menu makes it easier to switch between accounts
- You now have two options for dark mode, as well as various themes and color options.
These changes are built upon a major revamp of Twitter’s back-end architecture – the company says it rebuilt Twitter.com from scratch.