Spring brings baseball, television sweeps and website redesigns. Recently, three prominent social media websites are undergoing site redesigns and refreshes.
On Tuesday, Twitter launched a redesigned home page, which aims to highlight up-to-the second tweets about the most popular topics on the Internet. Acknowledged as a work-in-progress, the changes are not only aesthetically pleasing, but informative for current uses and new ones, alike.
New features of the site include:
- Prominent placement of popular topics, tweets, and users
- A "Top Tweets" section that dynamically updates using a custom algorithm to decide what is popular or of general interest
- A dynamically scrolling list of trending topics that when hovered over explain their trending status.
After checking in with users to determine how and why they use YouTube, the new design, which updated on Wednesday night, features a cleaner, simpler look for the video page with a focus on the clip itself.
Other changes include:
- A new commenting system that highlights top-rated comments
- A “like/dislikes” rating system that replaces the previous five star system
- A new “next video to watch” sidebar that is “smarter”
Users won’t find the redesign radical, only more user-friendly and less cluttered.
Rumored for some time, Wikipedia is close to unveiling their redesigned site. The new default design will start to roll out the week of April 5 on the Wikimedia Commons, the media repository used by Wikipedia.
The new site was designed to be more usable and to make it easier to find and contribute knowledge. It will also feature a streamlined navigation. While the changes to the site will enhance the layout, users shouldn’t expect it to look pretty. The redesign was definitely focused on improving usability and function.
Courtesy of Matthew Ingram of GigaOm
All Wikipedia languages will get the new look, with other Wikimedia projects to follow.