Twitter gets a shiny new font, may roll out other changes soon

Twitter is experimenting more than a college freshman at a house party. 

 

Kate Knibbs

Tech

Published May 30, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 5:29 am CDT

Change is scary, but don’t tell that to Twitter. The microblogging network has barrelled ahead with major digital renovations this year, most notably when it rolled out a Facebook-style profile. Aside from its big facelift, Twitter continually tests new features on groups of users; you never quite know what Twitter you’re going to get when you open the app or website.

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This week, Twitter is tweaking and experimenting even more than usual. Users are reporting a new Twitter font, moving from Helvetica Nue to Gotham Narrow Ssm. I know, right?!

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Some users aren’t happy, since everyone knows the Internet hates change.

EW WHAT IS WITH THIS NEW FONT TWITTER ITS A NO FROM ME

— shawn!! (@2secsofnarry) May 30, 2014

WHY DID U CHANGE THE FONT TWITTER WTF

— FaZe HugZ / Mick (@FaZeHugZ) May 30, 2014

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the twitter font changed I am not comfortable with this

— pey (@kurtcoobain) May 30, 2014

But the font has won a few new fans:

I love this new font. Please don’t change it, Twitter. Please don’t break my heart anew.

— Samantha Shannon (@say_shannon) May 30, 2014

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And the detractors have won enemies:

All these people complaining about the twitter dot com font and outing themselves as basic

— Rusty Foster (@rustyk5) May 30, 2014

In addition to changing its font, some users are reporting that Twitter continues to test removing the @ reply. My esteemed colleague saw this test on his phone. Instead of the @ reply, there’s simply text that indicates a conversation is going on.  


 

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And Twitter’s weird foray into hosting GIFs and then not hosting GIFs makes me suspect the team has more in store planned for everyone’s favorite looping video format.

In conclusion: Twitter might look a little different and your notifications might seem wonky and who knows if any of this is sticking around! Happy Friday!

Illustration via Jason Lee

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*First Published: May 30, 2014, 6:10 pm CDT