By Jennifer Farley

New Design For Twitter

By Jennifer Farley

Design changes have been taking place on the Twitter site. The changes include a new search bar along the top with links to your profile and messages. The left panel still holds the all your tweets and messages and you can click between the timeline, mentions, retweets, searches and lists.

The panel on the right hand side is now larger and more organized. Here you’ll find you account information, your last tweet, your followers and who you’re following, latest trends and suggestions for users to follow.


The “show more” tweets button is gone and now replaced with non-stop scrolling, with tweets being loaded up as you scroll.

On Twitter’s flickr page, Twitter’s creative director, Doug Bowman shows an image of the design overlaid with the curve of the Golden Ratio with the following brief explanation:

To anyone curious about #NewTwitter proportions, know that we didn’t leave those ratios to chance.

This, of course, only applies to the narrowest version of the UI. If your browser window is wider, your details pane will expand to provide greater utility, throwing off these proportions. But the narrowest width shows where we started, ratio-wise.


New partnerships with DeviantART, Etsy, Flickr, Ustream, Vimeo, and YouTube amongst others, will allow multimedia to be embedded into the stream, including the ability to play back video content directly from the Twitter homepage.

The changes may have rendered your customized Twitter background obsolete because the new design is semi-fluid. The left hand side panel seems to stay the same size regardless of monitor resolution, while the right hand panel varies in size.


1024 x 768 pixels


1280 x 720 pixels


1600 x 900 pixels

The design is being rolled out over the next few weeks, so if you can’t see it yet, it’s coming your way soon.

What do you think of the new Twitter design? Do you use the Twitter homepage much or do you prefer apps such as Tweetdeck and Digsby?

  • XLCowBoy

    There is a lot of potential in their new layout, but I don’t think they fully see it yet.

  • DJ

    I like the new twitter design. It does make it a lot easier to scroll down now as there is no need to click show more.

    The only problem with it is it obscures customised backgrounds, as you stated, bummer really. But it is step in the right direction I think.

    I don’t use the web interface much and prefer to use TweetDeck but do make it a point to visit at least once a week and keep up maintenance of my page for those that do use the web interface.

  • Not sure I like it. But I’m sure I’ll get used to it in the long run.

  • I don’t like that it messes up the customized backgrounds. There were many creative uses for customized backgrounds. I don’t think Twitter really needed to get wider.

    I feel Twitter’s real limitation for me is that it doesn’t encourage you to interact with others. I feel as if it’s overall a bad UI design and the new look isn’t any better.

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