A new side navigation menu and fewer tabs at the bottom of the app means that there will be less clutter while scrolling making it easier to browse. By default, those tabs are for Home, Search, Notifications (Mentions) and Direct Messages, according to Engadget. I don't understand why the profile background was removed from the side panel.
Announced in a blog post earlier today, Twitter has a major update to its iOS app and other platforms rolling out to all users starting today.
In a blog post, Kim said the changes were meant to bring the product in line with changes to the brand made previous year (when Twitter started reminding everyone that it's all about live) though it sounds like Twitter is still trying to improve things for new users. "We listened closely and kept what you love". Everyone will see improved typography, bolder headlines, and new rounded profile pictures, which should make for a cleaner look overall.
Previously, the Twitter app opened links in its own browser, which meant you would have to enter your usernames and passwords for any paywalled site (ahem, Wall Street Journal) that you visited via a Twitter link.
The new Safari feature is only available for Twitter on iOS, and the instantly updating tweets will not be available on Twitter Lite at all. This removes all ads and extra images on the page so users can just focus on reading an article.
The Retweet, Like, and DM icons also were revamped and changed.
Counts of "reactions" to tweets (replies, retweets, likes) now update in real time so users can more directly follow rapidly developing conversations.
This one's probably the most obvious update, so those who don't like change take a deep breath - you can do this.
More intuitive icons make it easier to engage with Tweets - especially if you're coming to Twitter for the first time.