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The new Twitter.com is rolling out to all users. Twitter has been testing its new website for some time, but has finally decided it’s fit for purpose. The redesign is intended to make Twitter.com look better, be easier to use, and be more customizable.
In January 2019, Twitter started testing the new Twitter website. Selected users got to try out the new Twitter.com, and let Twitter know what they thought of it. Twitter has since used this feedback to tweak the design and add new features.
The Best Things About the New Twitter.com
In a post on the Twitter Blog, Twitter has now formally launched its new homepage. The new Twitter.com looks better, makes Twitter’s best features easier to access, and introduces more customization options.
The biggest change is the new and improved sidebar. Trends for You and Who to Follow have been replaced with top-level menu items. These include Notifications, Messages, Bookmarks, Lists, Profile, and the Explore tab, which is where you’ll discover new content.
The Explore tab is new to Twitter.com, having made its way across from its apps. According to Twitter, this means you can “expect more live video and local moments personalized for wherever you are in the world.” Which should prove useful.
— Twitter (@Twitter) July 15, 2019
Other improvements include the option to see and send Direct Messages in one view, the option to switch between accounts from the sidebar, and new customization options such as themes, colors, and the Dim and Lights Out dark modes.
The New Twitter.com Is a Vast Improvement
The new Twitter.com looks better, performs better, and puts Twitter’s best features front and center. Not everyone will agree, but we think it’s a vast improvement for desktop users. And Twitter is promising to build on this foundation with more new features.
Let’s be honest, Twitter still has plenty of issues, from serial harassers and tiresome trolls to the lack of an (oft-promised) Edit button. However, if you’re persevering with the social media platform despite these issues, here’s how to use Twitter.