Twitter’s latest overhaul of its onscreen layout has drawn an instantly hostile online response from users who have rejected the new ‘visual’ interface.
The layout overhaul was quietly rolled out late on 29 October, ahead of its stock market flotation, with the intent of making the social network more visual.
The most obvious change is that photographs attached to tweets are now automatically displayed without the user clicking to open them. This directly impacts the volume of tweets that the user can see on their screen, and omits the choice of electing not to view the photos.
“So many of the great moments you share on Twitter are made even better with photos or with videos from Vine. These rich Tweets can bring your followers closer to what’s happening, and make them feel like they are right there with you,” said Twitter's Michael Sippey, explaining the change.
“We want to make it easier for everyone to experience those moments on Twitter. That’s why starting today, timelines on Twitter will be more visual and more engaging: previews of Twitter photos and videos from Vine will be front and center in Tweets.”
He also said that it would now be easier to reply, retweet or favorite a Tweet without leaving your timeline.
Twitter has been criticised for losing ground to Pinterest and Instagram.
this new layout makes me never want to go on twitter again
— emily balan (@emilybalan) October 30, 2013
I HATE THIS NEW TWITTER LAYOUT WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON
— petur petr (@pineapple_ton) October 30, 2013
The new twitter layout is awful
— Jake Beazley (@JakeBeazley7) October 30, 2013
This new Twitter layout is shit.
— Aaron Davis (@A_aron21) October 30, 2013
am i the only one who finds the new twitter layout annoying
— diana (@bowtiesarewho) October 30, 2013
Why did twitter even update there layout when they could of fixed the app from crashing too much
— THANK U LIAM ILY (@twerkingnxrry) October 29, 2013
The new twitter is the ugliest layout ever ew I don't like how the links for pics are the actual pic now
— phoebe (@criesnarry) October 29, 2013
Twitter changes it's layout every 30 seconds it's getting so damn annoying
— kidrauhl (@babekidrauhll) October 30, 2013