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Twitter is updating its web interface

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I’m not a huge fan of twitter – or social media in general. The only reason I have Facebook is because it’s an easy way to connect with family and the only reason I have twitter is because… I actually can’t remember. If you follow me you will know that if I do post anything, it’s normally just an article reference, otherwise I sporadically spread a few likes around. I honestly don’t have the time to keep up with all the news and so for the most part, it’s a profile that sits there vacant – afraid to switch off from the internet world just in case it’s needed.

But, if you’re not like me, then you will probably be glad to know that Twitter’s web interface is changing. Twitter posted an update where they revealed that some new emoji buttons, keyboard shortcuts, search features plus other minor visual upgrades will be coming its way to web users in the near future, with select users already getting access to the new interface.

The general approach from Twitter here appears to be a neatening up of the interface to make it easier and cleaner for users to interact on their site. Something which I’m sure will come in handy for the 10 of you who don’t have an app installed on their phone which they prefer to use for interaction anyway.

It’s not clear exactly how the new interface can be opted in or out of and how they selected people for the trial version, but it’s probably based on usage patterns that they have already identified. It’s unlikely to make me want to use Twitter any more than I already do. I’m still waiting for the feature where they implement a cursory IQ test before being allowed an account, then it might be something I’ll try more. Or not, because I might fail that too.

Last Updated: January 23, 2019

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