Back in 2011, Facebook’s decision to launch the Timeline layout traumatized some users. Now it’s the turn of the Twitterati to face the same distress.
In an attempt to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, Twitter launched its new layout which distinctly resembles the Facebook timeline.
The move was aimed at attracting more audiences by giving an enhanced visual feel to the website and supposedly saving the users from excessive text.
The blog post to announce the decision read, “Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are. Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved web profile.”
It looks like they may be wrong about the “more fun” bit. While the new measure is understandable in terms of attracting new users, in doing so, it has alienated a lot of the existing ones.
Many users took to Twitter itself to complain about the new layout. The reactions mostly consisted of disappointment and fury over the decision.
BTW someone keep this new twitter layout away from me. Why do they need to change it again?— Dina Manzo (@dinamanzo) April 10, 2014
when this twitter layout comes around for everyone, i probably wont use twitter as much on pc— eRa Krez (@eRaKrez) April 10, 2014
twitter if you're going to copy another website's layout why would you choose one as awful as facebook's— Graveyard Slug (@TheWyldSLUG) April 10, 2014
Dearest @twitter ; your new layout reeks of poor decision making & design & shows a huge lack of focus group input. Yes, it's you & not me.— Jandalize (@Jandalize) April 9, 2014
Warning: Twitter is changing its layout again and it sounds like this might be the worst one yet lol— WeknowtheDJ (@weknowthedj) April 8, 2014
Not a huge fan of the new Twitter layout yet - but I got used to Leno on the tonight show…— Rob La Gesse (@kr8tr) April 10, 2014
Interestingly, Facebook itself is incorporating changes to accommodate a few of Twitters features such as the hashtag.
Will Facebook be the new Twitter or Twitter be the new Facebook?