When I signed up to Twitter in 2009, I’ve been actively using it for many years. Today…. not so much.
Twitter still (strangely) occupies a special place in my heart, and so for the last 12 months, I’ve been consciously observing the way Twitter still occasionally adds value to my life in ways other products can’t seem to replicate.
The results can be summarized in two words:
Proximity + News
I redesign Interfaces for startups as a living at Fairpixels.pro, and so with this observation, I decided to redesign Twitter in a day, turning it into a product I personally would incorporate into my every day life.
- In this redesign, the core question Twitter asks it’s users is ‘What is happening around you right now?’
- Tweets are organized by proximity, allowing you to quickly gather different perspectives on a particular newsworthy event.
- Whether you quickly want to find out what’s happening around you, or you want a feed from users that are tweeting from a 500m radius at CES, the idea is to teleport yourself to a particular location and experience it through the eyes of the crowd.
- By displaying Photos & Videos as small thumbnails on the side and restructuring the feed, you get a cleaner way of browsing the news in any given area.
- Users can switch between a list and map view, in order to easily create context of space.
Twitter, IMHO, shouldn’t be this generic social network. Rather it should turn everybody into a news reporter. The true potential of Twitter was brought to light during the Arab Spring, yet, Twitter remained this generic platform for everything.
This conceptual redesign aims to propose a new direction. A more focussed one. One where following users becomes secondary and happenings at specific locations become the core reason of interacting with the platform.
Karim, Lead Designer @ Fairpixels.pro — UI Design Service for Startups