Twitter Testing Out iOS Redesign That Turns 'Retweet' Icon Into 'Sharing' Button

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter has confirmed to TechCrunch that the social network is performing a small scale test for some of its iOS users, changing the popular "retweet" icon into an new "share" button. "Retweet" and "quote tweet" are now simply options to pick from within the "share" menu.

    Additionally, the arrow that currently indicates a prompt to reply to a tweet has been overhauled into a small speech bubble icon. The change to the reply button is purely cosmetic and doesn't functionally alter how the feature works, but the "share" option is introducing a few new choices into the sub-menu.

    In addition to the expected "retweet" and "quote tweet" buttons, when users click on "share," they are discovering new "send by direct message" and "share tweet" options. Currently in the iOS Twitter app, send by direct message is a one-tap option below each tweet represented by a small envelope, which has now been removed.

    "Share tweet" lets users spread a tweet to other platforms. In its current state on the iOS app, it can be found by tapping a small, easily missable down arrow in the top right corner of the screen, after clicking on the tweet to expand it and get more information. Both the current and potentially new options bring up Apple's usual share card.


    In its confirmation to TechCrunch, Twitter said that its purpose for the test is "to see how it changed behavior on the site," seemingly hoping to make it easier for users to send links to friends and family members with the new share options, boosting engagement in the process.
    Another reason for the change is rumored to be Twitter's acquiescence to "more established social media norms" that have been popularized by other social networks, with Twitter hoping that "share" is more recognizable and understandable by new users than Twitter-specific lingo like "retweet." In the new tests, "retweet" still exists, it's just buried under a newly named button. So if this part of Twitter's decision is true, it's still not clear why "retweet" would exist in any form within the app.

    The new share button includes four options: retweet, quote tweet, send by direct message, and share tweet

    This would also fall in line with the company's decision to change "stars" and "favorites" to "likes" and "hearts," two terms Facebook users are undoubtedly familiar with at this point. The move to a speech bubble from the curved "reply" arrow might also make it easier for new users to navigate the app, thanks to its similarity to app icons like iMessages. As with the sharing option, this has the potential to boost user engagement, which Twitter has been having trouble with this year.
    The details of how long the test might go on for were left unspecified, but one Twitter insider also mentioned that there are "a bunch" of tests being performed at the company, so it's impossible to say which change will become a permanent mainstay for its users. Twitter has been rolling out updates to compete with the growing popularity of Snapchat and Instagram, most recently adding in live video to its mobile apps earlier this week.

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  2. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Wow I know like five German words now. Retweeten per direktnachricht senden! Abbrechen!
  3. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
    Imma Retweeten'...

    That's what the button should say...
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  4. BrettArchibald macrumors regular


    Jul 31, 2007
    Oh look, yet ANOTHER share icon to go along with all the other share icons, that all look nothing like each other...

  5. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    I want to like the new official Twitter app, especially with darkmode now, but Tweetbot is still topdawg. No ads, a timeline that's actually in chronological order, no interjecting "In Case You Missed It..."

    I'm not opposed to these things, but in their current state, they're confusing and detrimental to the Twitter experience.
  6. old-school macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2009
    I've moved to Tweetbot and can't believe how much better it is. Wish I'd moved ages ago
  7. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    The circular ones make me think the content I shared is coming back to me.
  8. Whimseh macrumors member

    May 24, 2010
    They did this with Vine and it just makes it more annoying and time consuming to do things
  9. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany

    You're welcome.

    Glassed Silver:ios
  10. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    My twitter app updated to this last night. I think its stupid and want the normal retweet and share buttons back.
  11. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Dumb move, if you ask me. First, they are going with "less" contrast? I really don't understand this trend at all. And a "chat bubble" for replies? They are trying to encourage conversational tweets now, I guess.
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    I'm very disenchanted with Twitter lately. They've had a buggy Mac client for a year now, and ignored all tweets that I've sent about that, while I've seen them responding to other tweets. It's frustrating.
  12. Avatarshark macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    The Digital Frontier
    Twttier, new suggestion. How about fixing the toxic hell stew of an environment/community before fixing what ain't broke.
  13. bpcookson macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
    I still don't really understand how retweeting works, or how it's different than liking, but its great to see them trying to retool this stuff. I guess.

    Won't get me on Twitter though. I just don't see why it's worth my time.
  14. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    Google and Apple's is the worst. I must admit I had no idea what the apple share icon did when first using iOS 7, and I consider myself to be pretty tech savvy. I at least knew what Android's share icon meant based on it's located in the UI.
  15. UTS macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2012
    Terrible change to make and there are far more pressing things to sort out.
  16. sshambles, Dec 16, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2016

    sshambles macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    Everything you said there, absolutely correct. The official app was okay for a time, but they keep messing with it and when every 7th tweet is an advertisement or something else, no thanks. I know they've got to make money somehow, but by destroying the user experience... that's how they'd lose me.
  17. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Why the heck does Twitter want to change the things that make Twitter, Twitter? People like it the way it is. There's no need to change what a "retweet" is. There's no need to change @-replies. Just leave it the hell alone.

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