8 News Now: USCIS updates website to include more multilingual resources, user-friendly features. “The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website has been updated to help users better navigate their existing tools and resources, file and manage applications online, and access multilingual resources. USCIS has streamlined their site navigation based on user feedback, data and best practices.”
California Genealogical Society: New Website Launched . “The CGS Website Development Team has launched the new CGS website, with a new look and several new user-friendly features. Here is what you will see the next time you visit the site.”
The Verge: Snapchat is testing a big new redesign. “Snap is working on two significant tests that could reshape its flagship app in a critical year. Tipsters have provided me with screenshots of two ongoing tests that have rolled out to a small percentage of Snapchat’s user base.”
CNET: Facebook’s redesigned look for desktops is coming before spring 2020. “Facebook’s begun giving some users access to its redesigned desktop experience, first announced in April, that’s less cluttered and uses brighter icons. The company said it plans to offer the new look more broadly sometime before the spring.”
Mashable: Twitter exec teases possible major changes coming in 2020 . “Twitter is due for a major shakeup. So appears to be the thinking of the company’s vice president of design and research, Dantley Davis, who on Monday announced a series of changes that could come to the platform as early as next year. Well, maybe.”
Google Blog: 15 years of Google Books. “Today we’re unveiling a new design for Google Books on desktop and helpful features for anyone looking to read, research or simply hunt for literary treasures. We’ve redesigned Google Books so people can now quickly access details like the book’s description, author’s history and other works, reader reviews and options for where you can purchase or borrow the book. And for those using Google Books for research, each book’s bibliographies are located prominently on the page and the citation tool allows you to cite the source in your preferred format, all in one spot.”
Mashable: Hate new Twitter? Get the old interface back with these hacks.. “After nearly a year of testing the updated desktop design, which allowed Twitter users to switch back to the old Twitter UI, the new Twitter is now the default Twitter. There’s no longer the option of going back to the old design people knew and loved. Or is there?”
Mashable: Twitter makes website redesign official — and no, you can’t opt out. “Twitter’s big website redesign is here — and there’s nothing you can do about it. Almost a year after the company began testing it, ‘new Twitter’ is being turned on for all users. And unlike in earlier versions of the redesign, you no longer have the option to switch back to ‘legacy Twitter.'”
The Verge: DeviantArt Is Growing Up With Its Biggest Redesign Ever. “In social network years, DeviantArt is ancient. To paint a picture of the era it was born in, the online creative community was originally started in 2000 to share skins for media players like Winamp. But CEO Angelo Sotira, who co-founded the site when he was 19, maintains that the platform is very young, at least when you look at the age of its users and how long they’ve been making art. Now, after its acquisition by the website-building platform Wix in 2017, the site’s perennial army-green design is being revamped with a sleek new layout called DeviantArt Eclipse.” How did I miss that DeviantArt had been acquired by Wix?
Lifehacker: Hate the Twitter Redesign? Don’t Worry, You Can Revert Back. “Twitter has been rolling out its newest redesign for the desktop site over the past several months. The new layout has a more compact and streamlined look and adds in new features such as image editing tools and a bookmarked tweets tab. Not everyone’s stoked on the changes, though, since the simpler design hides certain features and information behind other tabs and, according to anecdotal reports, seems to ignore certain personal settings and fills your timeline with an excess of tweets from people you don’t follow.”
Design Week: Redesigning the biggest list of endangered species in the world. “The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, an exhaustive online database of animals, plants and fungi that are at risk of extinction, has been given a new website in a bid to engage more people in conservation and make finding crucial information easier.”
Eyerys: The AI-Powered ‘Google News’ App Wants To Fix ‘Play Newsstand’ And Journalism. “First of all, Google News app is replacement for the seemingly-abandoned Google Play Newsstand. It leverages AI to train algorithms comb through complex, fast-breaking news stories and break them down in easy-to-understand manner like chronological timelines, local news aggregation, and stories presented in a developing and evolving sequence. Then using the huge quantities of behavioral and search data Google has gathered from users, Google News can show the most relevant news.” I have yet to see an end-user comment about this design that’s positive.
Lifehacker: How to Find Stories and Messages in Snapchat’s Latest Redesign. “Earlier this year, Snapchat rolled out a drastic redesign meant to make the confusing social network a little easier for newcomers to understand. But the new layout flopped, and now Snapchat is admitting defeat with a second redesign that undoes almost all of those changes. Here’s what you need to know about using the re-redesigned Snapchat.”
Mashable: Snapchat’s redesigned redesign couldn’t come at a more-needed time. “The polling company YouGov released a report about Snapchat on Friday showing that millennial consumer sentiment towards the brand is at an all-time low. YouGov’s Impression poll about Snapchat, which asks whether people have a positive or negative impression of a brand, dropped 73 percent from late January to early April. Snapchat reached a high score of 30, and dropped to 8 by April. Yikes!”
Neowin: Google to revamp its Google News app, to add more video and improve speed. “Google will hold its annual developer conference, Google I/O, starting on Tuesday, May 8, and the conference, as usual, will come with a plethora of announcements. We know through some session listings spotted on the official I/O app that Android Auto will receive major updates. We also expect Google to take the wraps off the official name for Android P, but we aren’t holding our breath for that. A new report from AdAge India suggests that as per people familiar with the matter, Google will announce a revamp of the Google News app, bringing in more video and making the app faster. The announcement is expected to be made at the conference next week.”