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24 Sep 2012

POSTED BY DJackson IN General | Sep 24th, 2012 | one response

The new iPad app for Twitter slammed by critics

By David Jackson.


A step back for the micro blogging site’ – that is how critics and analysts have reacted to the updated iPad app by Twitter. The new application was rolled out amidst much cheer when Chief Executive Dick Costolo announced the changes on a TV channel in the United States.

As per Twitter the new app has been rebuilt “from the ground up to make it fast, beautiful and easy to use”. Further, Twitter for iPad brings users ‘closer to what’s happening all over the world’ and makes it simple for them to keep up with the news that they need to read, the pictures that they would like to see and the people they follow on the micro blogging site.

The previous version of the iPad app was devised by Loren Brichter who left Twitter a year back. A redesign therefore was not quite unexpected. But after trying the new app, analysts have exclaimed that almost everything that was good about Brichter’s design has been wiped out. This has been replaced by a basic timeline that looks more appropriate for an Android smartphone (but certainly not for the iPad).

Navigating with sliding panels was good on Twitter and the users enjoyed using the site that ways. But that has now been changed to an awkward system where tweets first expand (on the initial tap) and then just disappear. Most of the first timers get confused when they use the app and even loading it they might sense that something is amiss.

The modernized version of the iPad app also dumps the card-style layout of Twitter, where tapping on a tweet makes it swipe in from the right side of the screen, for a wider space-filled design. The navigation is now limited to tapping on the four tabs on the side of the iPad screen.

What’s your take on this application? Could the designers have done better?




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