Beta Testing Reveals Twitter’s Redesigned UI

13 September 2013
Ben Logan

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Those who joined up for Twitter’s recent beta testing program are reporting that the new version comes with a completely redesigned user interface and even functions differently from the Twitter apps we know and love.

The new design of the app’s interface is even more minimal than before, with tabs represented by text rather than buttons. A sliding pane on the left hand side allows quick access to all the tabs, and also displays the number of unread messages and notifications.

In-line media previews have also come to the new app (rather than the text links experienced in previous releases), while a search filter allows users to refine their search by content, such as Photos, Videos, News, People and Location.

It must be said though that a few obvious and expected features are missing from the new user interface, such as a “Mark all direct messages as read” function, although as this is currently just a beta test the final launch could well include this missing functionality and more.

As part of their testing strategy, Twitter will be rolling out different features to different users selectively and have stated that “You may see some features that your friend doesn’t see, or vice versa. This is all in service of making Twitter the best it can be.”

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