Yesterday twitter silently released a new user interface within the “following” and “followers” sections of profiles. Selecting the “expand” option on the new UI shows the latest updates of all, giving a better idea of their content and activity without having to travel to their page and also provides a drop down menu with options to DM, @reply, unfollow or block.
There is also the option to view in a list. The list option is more condensed, showing just the menu drop down and user name, leaving out real names, locations and latests updates that you can see in the above screen shot.
The new upgrade seems an insignificant change to the site, but does provide a more simplified usability. Personally I enjoy seeing the expanded details on followers and the people I’m following. With the increased amount of garbage accounts sometimes it is hard to distinguish between genuine users and BS accounts that provide no value to your stream. Now with the expand option the tidbit of info helps to determine validity and provides a more relative introduction.
Looking further into the subtle changes made by twitter, Techcrunch has made the hypothesis that a new mobile site is in the works, heres their take.
“What’s interesting about these icons is that they appear to look exactly like icons that Apple uses for OS X — including some of the ones on the iPhone. Could this mean that we’re about to see a revamped mobile version of the Twitter site? Who knows, but it could sure use an overhaul.”