INTRO: Twitter has today announced that it is rolling out a new design for threaded conversations on the platform based on testing is performed in the “twttr” app. According to Twitter, the new design makes it easier for users to understand who they are replying to, and the overall flow of the conversation.
Threaded Conversations Design
The company has been testing the new design in its prototype app called “twttr” for over a year. It also tried out a couple of other design iterations for threaded conversations in the prototype app, including one where replies were displayed inside what looked like chat bubbles. Needless to say, I’m glad that particular design wasn’t the final one.
Branching Lines that Connect Parts of the Conversation
The design that’s currently rolling out on the platform uses branching lines that connect parts of the conversation to each other, thereby giving visual cues to follow a conversation’s natural flow while also staying inconspicuous and out of the way. The new design also hides extra replies under a ‘Show replies’ button to make the whole thing look a lot cleaner. Check out the tweet below to see the new design in action.
Other than the new conversation-oriented design, the platform is also testing hiding engagement buttons — another thing that was originally tested in the prototype app “twttr.”
The new design is rolling out to a portion on Twitter users initially on iOS and web, but it should soon make its way to everyone on the platform. I have the feature showing up for me on the web but not on iOS, and so far I have sort of mixed feelings towards it. It looks okay but also feels out of place at the same time. Have you received the new design? What are your views about it? Tell us in the Comments section.