Twitter Changes: Button to the WhatsApp Icon for Some Users in India


Twitter is known to make changes to its platform’s user interface, like most social media platforms will do at some point to keep the UI updated with times and newer usage habits. However, sometimes the changes do not get the expected feedback and are rolled back. Currently, in the testing phase, Twitter’s latest change could be the platform’s next feature to meet mixed reactions.

Earlier this week, Twitter changed the appearance of its share button for many users in India. The share icon, originally shaped like an arrow, now looks like a WhatsApp icon. While this would lead you to think it’s a shortcut to share tweets directly on WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app in the country, that isn’t the case.

The share button looks like the WhatsApp icon. It still functions exactly like the old share button, opening the same share menu from where you can share the tweet in your Twitter DMs or via other apps, including WhatsApp, Instagram, etc.

The change would have been helpful as a direct share button to WhatsApp or if it made WhatsApp the primary shortcut in the share menu that appears. However, it does neither of those. The Twitter India handle mentions that the feature is just a test for now, which means that this change could be temporary.

Twitter has rolled back its UI changes before

Earlier this year, in March, Twitter rolled out another change which had users scratching their heads. Instead of seeing the feed and tweets in an ordered, chronological manner, users would see ‘top’ tweets first. Meanwhile, users were forced to move to a separate tab on the right if they wanted the chronological view.

We heard you –– some of you always want to see the latest Tweets first. We’ve switched the timeline back and removed the tabbed experience for now while we explore other options. 

Naturally, the change received wide criticism, and Twitter was forced to roll it back and bring the app to its default feed on March 15, just four days after the change was announced on March 11.

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