Twitter began rolling out a new look for the way it displays conversations on Wednesday. The change has come (or is still coming) to the web interface, the Android app and the iOS app.
Here's a look:
According to Business insider, "People are absolutely freaking out about it."
I'm not quite getting that impression. The report points to a handful of reporters and industry types complaining, and there are certainly others, but I'm not seeing a huge outburst from the Twitter community. In fact, I'm seeing people say they like the new look too.
Don't get me wrong, it's not hard to find complaints, and there are quite a few, but not at the level one would expect from a major redesign. It's not like the infamous Netflix redesign from a couple years ago, for example. I don't think it's at the level of the recent Yahoo Mail redesign.
Nevertheless, here are a few of the "freak outs":
@vicpei1 Basically, I'm just complaining about Twitter's redesign. . .again.
— Max Weiss (@maxthegirl) August 29, 2013
That feel when I can't tell whether Twitter's site redesign is on purpose or a mistake because they were hacked
— Kortir (@kortir) August 29, 2013
hey guys, i hope you all realise twitter is always experimenting with stuff we're going to hate in their ios app. dickbar, anyone? redesign?
— Adam D (kirb) (@thekirbylover) August 29, 2013
Twitter, that's the first time I'm disappointed in you with the redesign. What's up with the blue lines?!?! For real, it's not a good look
— Jon Olson (@JO15on) August 29, 2013
Redesign is turrible. (c) Charles Barkley. RT @drew first time since i started using twitter that i’m turned off by it. :/
— Eddie Fu (@eddiefu) August 29, 2013
At last, the Twitter redesign everyone's complaining about.
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) August 29, 2013
Every time a major product gets a redesign, there is going to be some level of backlash. Some people just hate change, and sometimes people just have opinions (shocking, right?).
Perhaps the outburst will be escalated as Twitter continues to roll the new look out, because the roll-out is not complete. I'm personally not even getting it yet. So, maybe there will be a major freak-out after all. My guess is that people will get over it in about a day or so either way.
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