Twitter announced it will roll out new web buttons over the coming weeks, with a new flat design and “modern, high-contrast design of white text on a dark blue background.” But the bigger news is that Twitter will no longer include a share counter on its Tweet button.
The new Twitter buttons look good. There are in line with the current trend of flat design while giving a prominent place to the “Twitter blue.”
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Here is a quick reminder on how the actual buttons look like in comparison to their future flat-designed counterparts:
The design evolution is very welcome. What might be less pleasing to the numerous bloggers and publishers using the buttons, is that Twitter is deprecating the share count API. That means no more share counter on your “tweet” buttons, whether you are using the official button or one you coded yourself. No API means no counter.
The follower count, on the other end, will remain active on the respective button.
How do you feel about this change? Do you like the new design? What about the disappearance of the share counter, will that affect you?