Twitter had announced in January 2019, that they would be testing a new desktop interface. The new Twitter desktop UI is live in India now and has been rolled out to select users.
The platform had confirmed that the tests have been rolled out to more people and they are testing two different designs.
We got a hands-on experience on one of the designs. In the previous layout, the tabs Home, Moments, Notifications & Messages were located on the top-right corner horizontally.
The tabs have been moved to a vertical section in the left part of the layout with new additional tabs like Bookmarks, Lists, Profile and More. The 'Tweet' button has also been moved below this section from the top-right corner.
The old Twitter Web
The 'Trends' section has been moved to the right-half of the layout. And, previously you would only see the the name of the trend and head count of people tweeting about it. Currently, the platform also shows if any of the accounts you follow are tweeting about it.
The new Twitter Web
The tab on the top-right corner showing your profile, 'Tweets', 'Following', & 'Followers' has been discarded from the interface. The information has been concised in the 'Profile' section.
Jesar Shah, Product Manager, Twitter in a series of tweets mentioned that the tests being executed are driven by the motive of making the user experience better and allowing the platform to find potential gaps.
These experiments help the platform understand the changing user behaviour.
Ashlie Ford, Product Designer, Twitter mentioned the changes in the interface are an exploration of new ways to navigate and speed up access to other relevant features apart from core tabs.
Marina, an engineer on the web team mentioned that the new site is built on the foundation of the existing mobile web app, so users have one universal, responsive app.
The new interface is receiving mixed reactions. Although, majority of the users don't seem to like it.