Information Architecture of the new Twitter App

I’m not as harsh a critic as most are being about the new Twitter app. It’s a big change, and most big changes to familiar things bring discomfort. For me the jury is still out on whether the changes are net positive or net negative. I’m trying to get over the change shock.

But I found a brilliant nugget of information architecture insight from John Gruber’s review of the new Twitter app:

> “Why is this section called “Connect” anyway? What is getting connected here? That it was (apparently) hard to come up with a name for the parent tab of the Interactions/Mentions view is another sign that this was not an improvement over the simplicity and obviousness of the old just plain Mentions tab.”

Are you finding it difficult to come up with a nav label? That probably means you are dealing with too much complexity! Perhaps the items within deserve to be separated.