News / Digital desktop redesign follows lead from its mobile UX


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Twitter has redesigned its desktop site to feel “more consistent” with its mobile experience, and added a host of new customisation features. The social media site announced the “refreshed and updated” website on Monday evening, and is now rolling it out to all users.

The launch video features users’ tweeted requests for improvements to the desktop version of Twitter, such as the addition of bookmarks and a darker dark mode, and claims to have based its revamp on these comments, proclaiming: “Desktop is better when we build it together.” The design has been tested with a sample audience over a number of months and refined following “hundreds of thousands” of responses.

Navigation has been completely rejigged, with the top toolbar moved to the left, and new features to this include the “Explore” tab, the addition of bookmarks, lists and your profile. A theme colour personalisation tool has been introduced, as well as the ability to choose the size of text, and an account switching capability (for people with multiple accounts), plus three background modes: default, dim and lights out. Direct messages have been expanded so conversations can be viewed while sending a new message.