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Twitter gives TweetDeck a makeover with notable changes

Web-based social media dashboard TweetDeck has received a boost with new features and an updated look.

While Twitter, which acquired TweetDeck in 2011, touted the changes as "a step forward in making TweetDeck feel fresh," the new user interface may take some getting used to for regular users.

The update provides a sort of Diet TweetDeck experience — a "lighter and simpler" design, according to product manager Sharath Bulusu. Most notably, the top toolbar has migrated to the left side of the screen, taking with it the "New Tweet" button, as well as the general search icon and a series of navigational icons.

Each account comes with its own home and hourglass icons, for simple piloting between columns. The more accounts added, the more icons that will appear on the bar.

For quick column reordering, just drag a column icon up or down to change its position. To add a new column, just tap the plus sign on the left side, and pick your selection of the nine different tweetable features.

At the bottom of the sidebar, users will always find the same three icons: The twin arrows that allow for the expansion of the toolbar; three lines to signify the Lists window; and a gear that opens TweetDeck's settings, where users can customise their site and add more Twitter accounts.

The revamp comes only three months after Twitter announced it would shutter a number of mobile TweetDeck applications in an effort to focus on the web version.

Earlier this year, Twitter announced plans to discontinue support for TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android, and TweetDeck for iPhone; the web- and PC-based application, meanwhile, got a makeover in October.