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TweetDeck preview shows Twitter’s ‘new and improved’ app

Said Kayvon Beykpour in an interview in March with The Verge that Twitter knows that TweetDeck still exists, and the company is working on a revision “from scratch.” Today, Twitter posted a simple picture of the redesigned app and explained that it represents a preview that goes out to testing with a few “randomly selected” people from the US, Canada and Australia. If you are not looking forward to seeing it for yourself, Jane Manchun Wong explains how you can sign up for the test right now with a simple browser adjustment.

TweetDeck forces The Vergeits editorial staff and many others, so any changes are likely to meet a skeptical audience of power users, but so far it is difficult to find the improvements. The app’s appeal is in column views that have not changed much in the last decade, but the layout of the screen looks very different from what we are used to, and in the left column a button promotes tires for sorting different content types. Otherwise, it looks a lot more like the default Twitter view, and that’s not why I use TweetDeck.

In a tweet today, Beykpour said that new features in testing for TweetDeck “include a full Tweet Composer, new advanced search features, new column types and a new way of grouping columns into clean workspaces.” Twitter may have several reasons to hope the upgrades are a hit – rumors have it that the company is considering charging for it in the future.

To try the “new TweetDeck”, just follow Jane’s instructions. Open TweetDeck in your browser, then go to Developer Tools (if you use Chrome), open the console tab, copy and paste document.cookie = “tweetdeck_version = beta” then press enter and reload the page.

Update July 20 at 12:40 ET: Added details on how to try the preview version now.

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