Gone are the days where websites are primarily made for desktop computers.
With people wanting more seamless experience with easier to access features, web design is focusing more on simplicity and speed, and not anymore on functionality with leveraged quirkiness.
This is seen on Twitter's redesigned interface for the web.
The platform has rolled out an update which introduces several changes, with a slight visual makeover.
The most prominent, is Twitter in using a two-column layout instead of the usual three. The Feed column stays on the left, and the right column houses trending topics and suggested users to follow. Then there is the trends bar which has been moved from left to right.
There is also an updated tweet button located at the bottom right for convenience.
A new https://t.co/fHiPXozBdO is coming.
Some of you got an opt-in to try it now. Check out the emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, upgraded trends, advanced search, and more. Let us know your thoughts! pic.twitter.com/G8gWvdHnzB
— Twitter (@Twitter) January 22, 2019
The update isn’t just about a simpler layout, as it also includes shortcuts.
Twitter says that trends and Direct Messages also improve with the update, along with new options for Bookmarks and Explore.
Then under the “Whats Happening” area, users can click on the box, write a message. And here, they also have the option to easily add emojis to their tweet. Twitter didn’t have an emoji button before, so it’s a great addition to the social media platform.
Other changes are designed for a faster Twitter experience like keyboard shortcuts.
Besides the added features, the updated layout makes the design less cluttered. And as an added plus, conversations are also more streamlined, so users can easily communicate with others on their Twitter accounts.
Initially the update is limited to a select number of users.
"Some of you got an opt-in to try it now," Twitter said. "Check out the emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, upgraded trends, advanced search, and more. Let us know your thoughts!"
Twitter first teased that it was redesigning its website in September 2018, noting that it would bring over many features from the mobile app.
Twitter said that the design is still under development, and there is still more to come.
This include an option to switch between an algorithm-organized feed and a chronological one faster, as well as faster switching for users with multiple Twitter accounts.
The redeigned layout is meant for the Twitter website Twitter.com, but according to CEO Jack Dorsey, he suggests that Twitter's mobile app could also see a similar update.