Twitter Redesigns Follower and Following Pages

Today Twitter launched a redesign of the Following and Followers pages.

By default the Expanded view is displayed, but you can switch to the List view in the top left:

It’ll still show you 20 people per page, but without the location and last tweet sent.

On the right side of each username are two buttons: a Follow button and an Actions dropdown, which contains options to @ Mention, Direct Message, Follow/Unfollow, and Block/Unblock.

The Following page is very similar to the Followers page, but instead the Follow button is replaced by a Settings button to turn on/off notifications sent to your phone.

That’s pretty much the extent of it.

Improvements I would make:

  • Previous/Next buttons at the top of the page
  • Display of what page # you’re on (e.g., page 2 of 25)
  • Display of the # range you’re looking at (e.g., Followers 30-49)
  • On both the Followers and Following pages (but particularly for the Following page), display the Unfollow button in the same spot as the Follow button instead of hiding it in the Actions dropdown
  • On the Following page, change the Settings label to Notifications, and put it in the Actions dropdown
  • Mention and Direct Message buttons should open up a textbox at the top of the page instead of redirecting you to the homepage

That’s all I got for now. What other design and experience improvements would you like to see made to these pages?

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  1. martinpolley says

    I'd like to see more. Either a “More” button, like on the feed pages, or an option to see more than just 20 (especially in list view).

    Also, I'd like to see the people I'm following grouped at the top. This would help a lot with the “Should I follow this person back?” question.



    • says

      Agreed! Filters would rock (there are lots of services that do this externally). Also the ability to choose the number of results per page, like in Twitter Search, would be very handy.

  2. says

    I don't like the way the follow/unfollow button has been moved into that drop down.

    I know less clicks doesn't always mean better, however, if for example, i'm browsing people who follow you and I come accross a page where 10 of them look interesting enough for me to follow, those 10 follow clicks have just turned into 20.

    What do you think?

  3. says

    It's very clean, but for me this could be more useful if they helped me with the task of filtering out people who I don't want to follow and deciding who looks worth following. I do this now using TweetLater's “vet new followers” because it allows me to do what I painstakingly did before–I looked at each person's Twitter page, read their little bio, and viewed their last few tweets. It was such a pain to have to do that, but I really wanted to keep the noise out of Twitter stream. TweetLater seems to provide all of that functionality in one UI. It's not pretty, but it's functional.

  4. says

    Another “don't like the change” vote here.

    Sticking everything in the drop down means I have to click more.

    Putting the “direct message” action in the drop down means I can no longer visually distinguish between folk who mutually follow me on the page without clicking. Very annoying. Had to resort to greasemonkey to solve that one. Grrr.

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