On May 30, Twitter Support revealed that they would be changing fonts from Helvetica Neue to Gotham throughout the site via tweet.
Although Twitter’s support page has over 2.9 million followers, some sources, like The Verge, considered it a discreet announcement, as the tweet was the only outlet Twitter chose to use to acknowledge the change. Discreet or not, many users took notice and, as is the norm when it comes to Twitter updates, a lot of them were not too thrilled about it.
In its ‘About’ page, Twitter claims, “Words don’t just hold meaning; they communicate by their very form. We primarily use the Gotham font family: elegant and direct, stylish but not exclusive. Putting well-designed words in our product enhances the user experience.”
A considerable amount of users disagree, sharing their criticisms on the site. “Twitter, stop changing the font for the tweets. It’s getting thinner and thinner and harder to read,” tweets user @MadAdam_. However, there were also many users who either did not notice the change, or weren’t sure whether it actually happened.
Fortunately for Adam and his empathizers, the update seems to be limited, because it looks like Twitter’s home stream has been omitted from the change.