This morning I noticed that my Twitter home page looked a little different. Please ignore my choice in color schemes, as I tend to like the dark background I have. If you look closely at the image, or click to see the full size image, you will notice several differences:
- The search bar is no longer at the top, but on the side under the home, @replies and other navigation items.
- The trending keywords are beneath the search bar.
- The “selected” navigation item does not have a solid background color, but just the little triangle and a different colored font.
Compare this to the old version of the user interface:
The old version has been around for quite some time, and Twitter has been in need of some upgrades. However, are these design tweaks worthwhile? I am not sure if they really affect what I do, but I know I wish they would focus on more functionality. The design has always been fairly simple because it had few features to support. Maybe these design changes are a precursor to something bigger. We can always hope.