TweetDeck users will be greeted with a new design the next time they log onto the web and Google Chrome-based versions of the service.
The new design of TweetDeck is, to paraphrase Apple's Jony Ive, much flatter than previous iterations, and eschews the previous darker tone of the application for a lighter, and whiter, setting.
The top bar of TweetDeck has been shifted to the left side of the screen and offers multiple timelines in a single view. At the top of the relocated bar is the New Tweet button, quickly followed by the search icon. Below that is the home icon, which allows users to quickly glance at a timeline of one of their Twitter accounts.
Below the home button is the "@" sign, which lets users quickly look at mentions of an account name. Below "@" are columns users may have in their TweetDecks. Clicking on a column icon will single-out the associated column on a user's display; handy for those who use many columns. Users can also adjust the location of their column by clicking and dragging the associated button.
The update also adds three new icons allowing users to click to expand the sidebar to show the names of each column, to quickly open the list window and to the settings button to easily adjust TweetDeck to a user's wants and needs.
TweetDeck was acquired by Twitter in 2011. The large social network, according to PC Mag, quickly moved to kill off the Adobe Air and mobile versions of the application. But Twitter decided to maintain the web version of the service, giving it a previous makeover in October of last year.
But the new design's launch wasn't without its bumps: images and a blog post revealing the new version of TweetDeck was leaked a few hours ahead of time with editorial notes demanding the draft doesn't get published.
"!! NOT READY TO PUBLISH UNTIL SENTENCE IS REVIEWED !!" the note said in all caps at the top of TweetDeck's blog post. "DRAFT DO NOT PUBLISH WITHOUT CONFIRMATION FROM CHRISTINA."
Apparently, someone didn't get the note. The offending post was quickly pulled down from the blog before being republished. This time, it seems, it was published with Christina's approval.