Twitter has a habit of deploying experimental features in their alpha builds, even before they are announced or released publicly. We’ve seen the company push updates that change the way media-based tweets are displayed, making them appear edge-to-edge on both iOS and Android platforms. It appears that Twitter has quietly changed the design of the timeline again.
We spotted this new timeline theme in the alpha build of the Twitter app for Android. With this new design, the tweets now feel a bit crowded, as if multiple tweets are being displayed in a single view. We also noticed a follow button right next to the Twitter handles in tweets of accounts we didn’t follow. When deployed globally, this option has the potential to increase engagement rates, as users will be able to follow other accounts directly from the timeline with a single click.
As for the crammed timeline, we hope the company backtracks on this decision and makes the tweets appear edge-to-edge again. For now, this change is only visible in the alpha build of the app on the Android platform, and that too, to a limited number of accounts. We’ll update the post as and when these features make it to the public version of the app.