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December 12, 2013

Twitter 5.0 update brings refreshed user interface but is it better?

Twitter has received another big upgrade, with the company bringing yet another “refresh” to their clean user interface. Things look slightly more bright and more flat, and they’ve compressed a lot of the menu options to make more room for viewing the timeline. The change brings us a new layout for navigating your Tweets that you might find a bit weird to get used to at first.

For starters, you have three main tabs:

  • Home: This is where all the Tweets and ReTweets from the people you follow show up, just like a traditional timeline. This view will show conversations in-line, so you won’t have to hunt down a secondary menu option.
  • Discover: This is where Twitter shoves all the Tweets they think you’ll like, suggestions of people to follow, trending topics and more.
  • Activity: This is where you go to stalk your friends (rather, where you go to see what they’re saving as favorites, who they’ve started following and more).

You might notice that list doesn’t include anything to view mentions. That’s because Twitter has set all that stuff up under a new Notifications section (the Bell, as arrowed below) that’ll show you everything that is pertinent to you, including mentions, people who have started following you, people who have saved or ReTweeted your Tweets, when someone has sent you a direct message and more.

The Notifications icon will light up with a number whenever there is something new for you, and since it’s always in view no matter which timeline you’re in it’s never too hard to figure out if something is waiting for you.

Finally, and one feature that I do like in this v5 beta release is that Twitter has a unique feature that allows you to be notified whenever any specific user Tweets. Simply tap the star icon on their profile page, and you’ll get a notification whenever they send a tweet. It’s great for keeping a on people that you might otherwise miss in situations where you hit the Home tab and all the tweets flash by. You can find the new upgrade over in the Google Play Store for free, on the link below.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini