Twitter launched a new layout for the web version this Monday (15). What's new is the tool for switching between up to five Twitter accounts without logging out, linking with Google Translate for faster translation of tweets, and side column to access saved items and lists. Twitter revealed in an interview with TechTudo details about the new features.
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The new Twitter also gets the Explore section to check out relevant posts by location and language. The said functions and interface will be released in waves starting today, with about two weeks expected to be available to all users. The definitive upgrade, ie whoever chooses to try the new Twitter may no longer return to the old interface.
Twitter site updates and releases new layout Photo: Reproduo / TechTudo
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Twitter said in January it was conducting layout tests on the platform. The initial design displayed on the official account indicated a cleaner interface with two columns: one to view the tutes on the timeline, and the other right to check on current trends.
The final layout, which will be released in waves to all users in the coming weeks, brings a new twist in particular: a third left column, where useful features are located for the user.
The side menu provides quick access to set up the profile, check notifications, view list of saved items for later and view private messages. In an interview with TechTudo, Twitter product manager Patrick Traughber said that the old Twitter design was incomplete in terms of features: "The previous site concentrated options on the top navigation bar, and didn't have many essential functions." The lateral column, then, was the solution developed by the team.
Explore shows hot topics on Twitter Photo: Reproduo / TechTudo
The Explore section and the Lists function gain visibility with Twitter's new web layout. Explore's purpose is to inform you of important news from tweets that relate to the person's locale and language on Twitter. The page displays an issue highlighted at the top, and allows the user to choose between viewing world trends or a particular region, or checking out "subjects for you," which are topics defined by who you follow. Next comes the sections What's Happening and Popular Articles.
The Lists option already brings more customization to the microblog. It allows you to create timelines isolated from each other, and name each one to identify them. The user can, for example, make a feed just about music, movies etc. The Lists option in the side column redirects to a page where all timelines created by the profile in the old design are located, the feature was hidden in the top menu accessed from the user avatar.
When creating lists, the user can define a description and privacy: private or public. In this last option, other accounts can view the list and subscribe to it. Created lists are displayed in one of the sections on the top bar of the profile page, next to the average and likes.
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A useful news for Brazilians is the translation via Google Translate. With a tap on the Translate Tweet option, displayed below posts in foreign languages, more accurate and faster translations are expected.
Account exchange option accessed from the "more" sidebar Photo: Reproduo / TechTudo
Twitter also debuts the tool for switching accounts logged into the PC. You can save a login of up to five profiles and access them without logging out. The option is available from the "more" menu in the sidebar, where you can also enable Twitter's updated dark mode.
The layout of the Twitter site is now more similar to the app interface for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. For example, it is easier to access the cheats option in chronological order. Earlier, while the feature was a touch on the app, in the web version had to access the profile settings to change the timeline. Traughber explains that the idea is to narrow differences between desktop and mobile platforms: "We plan a consistent experience on Twitter web so users don't think the site is different from the mobile app."
Twitter's dark mode has dark blue tones Photo: Reproduction / TechTudo
Twitter began displaying a warning last week that it would launch a new web layout. In the last seven days, the microblog also invited some users including from Brazil to try the redesign before the official debut. From now on, the definitive interface update: it will no longer be possible to disable it, as it did during the testing phase.
The Twitter team receives negative or positive comments from users about platform changes via feedback (https://help.twitter/contact-us). The new layout allows developers to implement modifications faster than on the old site, which makes it easier to upgrade the platform according to public reception.
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