The web version of Twitter got a massive influx of new features this week and, due to the Progressive Web App format, these features are now available within the official Windows 10 Twitter app.
By far the biggest addition is the introduction of themes that go beyond simple light and dark. Users can now customize the look of the Twitter app with six different color options (see above image) and then adjust them slightly by choosing from three different brightness levels for the app (basically light, dark, and really dark).
In addition to themes, this update also adds advanced filters for search, improvements to DMs, and the ability to quote retweet a tweet you’ve already retweeted.
Here’s the full release notes for this update. Note that several of the mention changes, such as account switching, have been live for a while.
Today, we are starting to roll out a new Twitter.com – a refreshed and updated website that is faster, easier to navigate and more personalized. The site has an updated look and feel that is more consistent with the Twitter you see on other devices, making it easier to access some of your favorite features, and with more options to make it your own.
- More of What’s Happening: We’ve brought over Explore to bring you the same great content found in our apps; expect more live video and local moments personalized for wherever you are in the world. Get context with profile information within conversations and check out your Top Trends in any view so you never miss what’s happening.
- Easy access to your favorite features: Bookmarks, Lists, and your Profile are right up front and have their own spot on the side navigation, making it easier and faster to jump between different tabs.
- Direct Messages: Direct Messages have been expanded so you can see your conversations and send messages all from the same view. Now there’s less hassle switching between screens to send a message.
- Account switching: Whether you have one profile or a few, now you’re also able to switch between accounts faster, directly from the side navigation; your stan, foodie and cat meme accounts thank you. Learn more
- Make Twitter Yours: The love is real for dark mode themes Dim and Lights Out. You’ve asked for even more ways to personalize Twitter so we’re bringing you different themes and color options, along with two options for dark mode.
- And, of course, lots more continuing updates:
- Search: We’ve added search filters to the search results page so that you can filter results to only be from people you follow, and/or from nearby locations.
- Tweets: Sometimes, we decide that it may be in the public’s interest for certain Tweets to remain on Twitter, even if they would otherwise break our rules. We’re going to start using a new notice to make it clear when we make these decisions. Learn more
- Tweet: You can now “Retweet with comment” on a tweet you’ve already retweeted. More chances to show your favorites even more love.
- Tweet: The app should now refresh less often when you are in the middle of composing a Tweet.
- Tweet / A11Y: Using the “J” or “K” keys to navigate timelines will now focus on the content in a more consistent place at the top of the screen for easier readability.
- Navigation: Moving to or from certain pages should now have less flickering visually.
- Navigation: Most action or overflow menus now include icons alongside each item.
- Media: Media in DMs now looks more like media in Tweets
- DMs: Failed DM messages can now be deleted or retried.
- Profiles: Suspended or otherwise unavailable users will no longer crash certain screens and can now be de-selected as a recipient when replying to a conversation they were in.
- Profiles: Updating your bio when it contains a URL is now much easier and if you have a profile URL, it won’t disappear every time you update your profile, and now you have a little more room to type in your bio.
- Media: Opening the gallery with data saver on should now more reliably load a larger photo.
- DMs: Trying to create an unnamed DM group with a set of users you already have a conversation with should now correctly take you to the existing conversation instead.
- General: Added a whole lot of polish around smaller bugs, this is that super general “minor improvements” part of the post.
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