Nearly a month after its abrupt shutdown, Twitter has redesigned its homepage to give users more control over the stories they see.
“We’re testing ways to make it easier for you to follow and respond to people and products that you care about,” the company said in a statement. “We’ll learn from your feedback and use it to improve Twitter on a more permanent basis.”
Users can block unwanted people or accounts, view who everyone on the platform is following and edit their profiles.
Other changes include breaking stories, such as the political rise of Donald Trump. As each story is updated, it appears on the homepage. The site can also pull in tweets from users in other categories, such as politics or sports.
The interface’s improved design is already available to iOS users. A preview of the redesign was met with praise and disappointment.
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Some users called the redesign outdated and confusing; others raved about the new features, though had trouble pinning down their function. Still others commented that the redesign highlighted Twitter’s reliance on third-party applications.
“Ugh,” wrote one person on Wednesday evening. “Twitter is beautiful now but I regret completely trusting to TweetCloud and what’s in plain sight in the corner of the app.”
Twitter first announced the revamp last week, saying that users would not be able to avoid it over the summer, as testing of the new Twitter was planned. The company later said that the redesign was not being rolled out globally, citing internal testing, but that was quickly clarified to include a version of the redesign for international users.