Why that hate for every new UI nowadays.
AmEx recently redesigned their site. Before, I could easily see all my credit card transactions with minimal clicks and scrolling. Now, everything is enlarged by 1.25x (probably a poorly done responsive design) and I find myself scrolling a lot more.
The Gmail iOS app redesign from last autumn was poorly done, too. They waste precious horizontal space on your phone to display a circle with an avatar or the person's initials. I don't need that shit for email. I just need the sender's name.
If designers focused on providing the information a user wants with a minimal number of interactions, I think there'd be less hate.
It's bandwaggoning that people promptly get over
You can't really say something is less usable without some evidence.
..Snark aside, given that this is the company that won't even let people see their tweets in reverse chronological order, I don't put a whole lot of stock in their testing. Were actual users involved, or was it a tiny focus group?
If you think making avatars round is a usability issue this conversation isn't even worth having. You seem bent on deriding change regardless of what I say.
Apparently not, and that's the problem. It's a minor thing at the end of the day, sure, but it's also a symptom of a larger issue.
Sorry if I seem testy, but this is a recurring problem. Making things more "modern" while sacrificing usability, and as mentioned, I place nil credence on their "testing".
Unless you can show me evidence one way or the other, your use of the term "usability" is subjective bunk.
New stuff top, old stuff bottom. This is the simplest concept in computer science.
These comments in HN, probably sorted by upvotes or activity.
FB replies, last one at the bottom, which I think is pretty natural.
Thunderbird's default of last email at the bottom, which I reverse in every folder. But the last at bottom conversation view is ok.
*nix mail's list of messages.
Probably many others.
Although I must say that twitter.com seems to have improved in terms of keyboard navigation and the visible keyboard focus.
Usability is exactly the same (for better or worse), it just looks a bit different.
I miss out on so many tweets I would actually find interesting because of this.
Sorry Twitter, but no, you're not capable of figuring out what I enjoy reading.
Meanwhile, this project is essentially 16 lines of JS. Even the README takes up more space. Reading through the lines of JS, I don't see how they will make you vulnerable at all.
^ Both can be used with Greasemonkey (Firefox) or Tampermonkey (Chrome)
https://userstyles.org (used with Stylish)
Perception is that significant product development resources were devoted to adding rounded corners. But issues often associated with twitter seem to get worse and little product development resources. A few include: harrassment, racism, armies of bots for brigading, and the increasing use of the platform as an instrument by a foreign power to exert influence on the American electorate.
Maybe they are trying and not communicating it well. But a UI refresh is clear indication of spent product development, and those issues seem to be getting worse.