The Twitter app for iOS is getting a major overhaul as the microblogging company announced some new changes to make it look more attractive.
Perhaps, the most noticeable change made to the app by Twitter on Thursday is the user’s profile photos, which now appears as round icons instead of the usual squares. The reply button also got Twitter’s attention as the feature now wears a new look. The reply button has now changed from an arrow to a chat bubble.
Profile photos can now be customized with filters and stickers; a feature made popular in other major social media websites like Facebook and Snapchat. The profile tab, according to Mashable, has been removed from the bottom of the app to a pull-out tray on the left side. Users of the Twitter app for Android are quite familiar with this.
Minor changes have also been made to how access to links within the service work. Going forward, outside links will now launch in Safari’s in-app browser. It means you can now easily sign into your account on other websites directly from Twitter links.
Twitter is still battling hard to grow its user base, and upgrading its overall look and feel in the iOS version of its app is not a bad idea.
Last month, Twitter added filter to incoming messages—and that means people you don’t follow will no longer be able to access your DM without your permission.
Here is how it works: When you enter a Requested conversation, you will have the option to Accept or Delete the conversation. This change will affect pictures and media, which will not be visible from any account you have not hit the Accept button for.
Going forward, every conversation from unknown account will be flagged as “Requests” in the new inbox in the Message tab. It’s a great move on the part of Twitter, and one that will give you more control over the kind of conversation you want to engage in as well as the kind of people you want to have sliding into your DM.
The new inbox in the Messages tab in Twitter has already rolled out on iOS, Android. No word yet on when the feature will be available on Twitter.com, but that won’t take long according.
The microblogging platform rolled out new measures to ban users from creating new accounts and a new “safe search” feature last February. The changes, according to Twitter, will be focused on “abuse and harassment.”
In addition, the microblogging platform also added a “safe search” feature that will get rid of potentially sensitive content and tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. While the tweets will be available on the microblogging website when people search for them, they will not appear in general search results, the report adds.
Harassment remains the biggest problem facing Twitter, and despite past efforts at dealing with it, nothing much has been achieved by the microblogging platform. Users can only hope that Twitter’s latest efforts will help the company reduce harassment and abuse on its network.