Twitter has been long criticized for being confusing. It's a lot to wrap your head around of how retweets, replies, subtweets work. Then there are all of the unspoken rules people need to learn so they're not dragged by the entire internet for their first tweet. The redesign is about making Twitter a bit more streamlined and easy to use. According to Wired, the Twitter team aimed to rethink how users are interacting with Twitter and refashion platform in a way that places the tweets front and center.
Every solid gray icon is now a lighter outline drawing. Headers now appear in bold, to help you navigate more easily. The home icon is still a birdhouse, but it lost the perch—you'll see just one hole instead of two. A little less bird-y, perhaps? Round avatars help distinguish users from tweets. Retweet and Like counters update in real time, letting you watch tweets go viral. And the reply button gave way to a speech bubble that Twitter hopes is clearer in its purpose.
"We want the content to be front and center," Coleman says. "It's about what people are saying, what they're posting."
Others say the product team at Twitter is completely missing the mark. There was nothing wrong with Twitter's design and the changes don't actually make Twitter and easier to use. Now the platform just vaguely looks like Instagram.
But the issue isn't with aesthetics. People are pissed because they think Twitter is dragging its feet on addressing its actual core problem—harassment. There are literal neo-Nazis and terrorists using Twitter to spread their hate, recruit and harass people. Maybe Twitter should be putting more resources into addressing those issues instead of making the retweet icon a bit more square.
Here's what Twitter users are saying:
Not the first to say this but man the new Twitter UI sucks donkey balls.