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Twitter's new UI

yechielk profile image Yechiel Kalmenson ・1 min read

By now I'm sure most of you were switched to Twitter's new UI.

If you are one of the lucky ones who are still on the old one here's my tip to you:


Honestly, having a static unchanging feed is probably better than the disaster they released!

So anyway, what's your opinion on Twitter's new UI?

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Alvaro Montoro

There are two things that drive me crazy with the new UI/UX:

  1. The scrolling on new tweets: If I’m typing, and a new tweet pops up in the feed, the page will scroll automatically and I’ll lose sight of the text input. It seems like a big usability fail.

  2. There are areas in the input that are not input areas: the space above the emoticon icon is not part of the input even when it’s inside the input box. I would have expected that clicking on that area would focus the input but it doesn’t. It just does nothing.

For the good things: The left menu has more options than the previous horizontal menu, which is nice. Although it took a little bit of time adjusting to the new position of things.

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Robert Myers

Is the scrolling a setting? I just get a blue dot on home and a "more tweets" bubble at the top.

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Alvaro Montoro

They have changed the interface since I wrote the comment. I haven't been able to replicate #1, but #2 is moot now as the input box has changed completely.

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Alvaro Montoro

What is that setting? I was still able to see the first issue. Is it the "reduce motion" option?

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Robert Myers

I don't have that on, so it's not that. It's possible that my adblock settings are doing something, or I've just been part of an A/B test.

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

I just installed @sarah_edo 's extension to keep the Twitter UI clean.

The extension is only available for Chrome at the moment, but the Chrome Web Store is supported by Brave and the new Edge, so it will work in those browsers as well.

Here's the link for those interested

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Laurie

This one is good but there is one called "good twitter" that reverts you to something even closer to the old version.

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Yechiel Kalmenson Author

Awesome! That's amazing!

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Yechiel Kalmenson Author

That looks great! To bad I'm on Firefox...

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

I've worked with extensions before. The APIs generally work in both browsers these days. You can clone her repo and load the extension unpacked in Firefox and it should work.

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Yechiel Kalmenson Author

Yeah, I should know that, I just have a workshop at Codeland about writing browser extensions 🙃

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Elizabeth Schafer

I really like that when you open a thread it's just on a new page instead of in a popup. I used to accidentally click outside of the popup and not be able to get back to where I was because the feed had updated in the meantime. I couldn't click the back button to get back to where I was, but I'm literally just realizing now that I was supposed to click the forward button which makes no sense.

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NLxDoDge

To me it looks a lot like 9gag, and facebook. Made for the average consumer.
Personally I would like the old one back to, but that's just because we where used to it.

Stay open for changes, a lot of people I know still use windows 7, because 10 is just to different...

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Emily A. Pixi

I cannot stand it and it feels like there was so little thought put into it. It feels like it's built for a vertically oriented screen (mobile) which is not how I use the Twitter webpage. If I'm on mobile I'm on the app 🤷

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Robert Myers

Functionally, I like it. It's easier to deal with threads, and I don't lose my place clicking out of tweets.

Aesthetically? I hate it. But I'm willing to put up with it for not losing my place any more.

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Laurie

I have a bunch of things I don't love, but two functional things stand out as backwards progress.

  1. gif selection, it has far more clicks than before

  2. your profile tweet feed, it's now identical to tweets and replies (I'm wondering if this is accidental tbh)

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Usman Khalil

I like it. Will this society accept me?

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Yechiel Kalmenson Author

Sure! We're accepting of all types here 🤗

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rhymes

The back button works better (it always ends up on the right tweet you were reading, it didn't always happen before).

I'm not sure I like everything else.

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Shannon Crabill

I've had the new UI for a while since I opted into the preview. It was jarring at first, but I don't mind it.