Twitter unveils new look, which users quickly mock

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The head of Twitter's user research and design, Grace Kim says that most of the changes have been done according to users' feedback.

Following in the footsteps of Brian Chesky: what's the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017?

Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we're refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use. This last feature is definitely one that people have been asking for, and it is much better than using the browser from within Twitter.

As noticed by yours truly and other Twitter-ers, the new look is strikingly similar to Instagram's big black-and-white update from past year, cutting out a chunk of Twitter's trademark blue-and-white design for something more monochromatic and icon-centric.

The update brings profile, settings, privacy, and additional accounts under one roof, thanks to a new navigation menu on the side.

As per website statista.com, there are over 8 million Twitter customers in the Philippines now, which can surge to more than 10 million in 2019. However, with Twitter Lite, the users don't have to be concerned about slow connection as it is a progressive web app making it easy to connect even on a slow data.

Links will open using the in-app Safari viewer so users can easily login to sites they are already signed into.

New typography to make the platform more consistent. Profile photos are now round instead of square, while headlines for articles have also been made bolder.

Counts of "reactions" to tweets (replies, retweets, likes) now update in real time so users can more directly follow rapidly developing conversations.

"You told us you loved this change on Android previous year and we're excited to now bring it to iOS", explained Twitter's Grace Kim, vice-president of User Research and Design at Twitter. There's no mention of an update in the Google Play Store either, but Twitter has noted that it's in the process of rolling out. In this update, you will find a redesigned app, including putting more of the focus on the types of content Twitter provides. Some of these changes will also be available on the website version of Twitter.

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