- Elon Musk announces new changes to Twitter
- Swipe to change recommended and followed tweets, bookmark button on tweets and long-form tweets announced
- It is the first part of a larger overhaul of Twitter’s UI
Elon Musk has announced that some new features are coming to Twitter soon. These changes will be primarily with how you interact with Twitter. In a tweet, Elon Musk stated that it would be the first part of a larger UI overhaul for Twitter.
Easy swipe right/left to move between recommended vs followed tweets rolls out later this week.
First part of a much larger UI overhaul.
Bookmark button (de facto silent like) on Tweet details rolls out a week later.
Long form tweets early Feb.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 8, 2023
Swipe to change Recommended and Followed tweets
On the homepage currently, you can change the sorting of the tweets as it appears from Home to Latest tweets. There isn’t an option to view only tweets from the accounts you follow currently. But that is changing soon; as Elon Musk has mentioned, the first change coming to Twitter will be the ability of swipe to change the feed from recommended to followed tweets.
This might be inspired by TikTok, which has a similar option on the homepage to change from the recommended posts to followed accounts.
Bookmark button on tweets
Tweets will now come with a bookmark button beside the like, retweet and comment buttons.
The bookmark option has always been available on Twitter, but it has been hidden on the 3-dot menu on the top-right side. The bookmark button will now sit just below the tweets, and it is sure to turn up the use of the bookmark button, which many people have ignored for years.
Elon Musk has promised this feature since he took over, the ability to tweet more than 280 words in a single tweet. The ability to attach long-form text to tweets will be available from February 2023.
More changes are coming soon
Elon Musk has stated that it comes as a first part of a more extensive UI overhaul, and he has promised many changes are coming to Twitter. Many changes have been happening to the social media network ever since Elon Musk took over, and the users are still waiting for Twitter Blue to launch in India officially.
It must also be noted that this comes amid another wave of Twitter layoffs, and the previously laid-off employees reportedly not getting the severance packages promised.