Twitter on Wednesday introduced a slight TweetDeck redesign, with navigation now moved over to the left side of the page instead of sitting directly on top of columns. The social networking site said the move is to improve usability and functionality; it seemed for a long time all Twitter wanted to do is strip the beloved platform of features users loved—Facebook integration was recently removed.
For the most part, everything looks the same—columns can still be set to dark or light—but now the New Tweet, Search, Lists, Mentions and all the usual TweetDeck buttons are there in a single top-to-bottom bar on the side. If you have a particularly busy feed with a lot of columns, Twitter says the new navigation bar makes it easier to get a grip on a specific column—you can even reorder column icons in the bar to change its position.
Twitter’s announcement post doesn’t say when the update is hitting, but numerous reports suggest it’s already rolling out to the Web and Chrome apps (I don’t see it live for my Chrome app). Updates to the native Mac and Windows app are supposed to hit soon.