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Three suggestions to improve Twitter

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Three things Twitter needs to do to improve its user experience:
Timeline syncing/bookmarking. I use Twitter on my iPhone, my iPad, the Windows 10 Twitter app and TweetDeck. Each time I open a new app, I have to figure out where I left off in the other one and scroll to find new tweets. Tweetbot has very successfully figured out how to sync timelines across its iOS apps - when I open up Tweetbot on my iPad, it automatically figures out where I left off on my iPhone and starts my stream from there. This shouldn't be so difficult for the actual Twitter app to do.
A consistent look, feel and usability across its apps. As noted by a well-read and learned blog recently, Twitter recently updated the look of its iOS app. The Favorite, Retweet and Reply buttons are on top of the tweet, next to the account icon. On the web, the Favorite, Retweet and Reply buttons are on the bottom. The Windows 10 app looks different still in terms of placement of images versus text. TweetDeck also has its o…

So what on earth happened to Twitter's feed today?

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Around noon today, I noticed that Twitter looked really, really different on my iPhone.

The normal favorite, retweet, reply buttons along the bottom were now on top next to the profile name, along with little square superscripts showing how many times the tweet had been favorited or retweeted.
I'm not one to go ballistic over new formats on social media apps, but this update was ... not good. And the whole thing seemed very squished. 
I searched "Twitter update" on Twitter and got hundreds of tweets, most of which contained four-letter words expressing people's displeasure with the new look. So at least I knew this wasn't just my account getting one of those random Twitter experiments.
And about three hours later, the new feed vanished and was replaced by the old feed.
Very weird.
And @twitter just reverted me back to old layout on 2 iOS devices. pic.twitter.com/pFDW0bgltU — Mike Jenkinson (@MikeJenkinson) January 13, 2016 JANUARY 15 EDIT: Last night, Twitter …

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