People have clearly expressed their opinions about the new beta layout, but I’m still going to state mine: I quote the Byte Team Announcements page: Byte app updates (ongoing)
“there are some broad similarities to the tiktok post object, but i want to be clear that we actually ended up here independently (after designing over 20 other options).”
Maybe some people don’t care where the buttons go. Maybe this is a test. But I did not wait all this time for Byte to release to have it look even remotely similar to tiktok.
We did not wait all this time for this. Here’s two reasons the new layout is not a good idea in my opinion:
- It does not matter that they designed 20 other options and choose this independently: what matters is the end product.
The User Interface (fancy term for where everything is placed in the app) is a big part of what defines any app. Instagram is different from Facebook how? The button placement and style of both apps are different. The two apps literally are the same concept. When I used Byte before, it was a completely fresh layout on the idea. My point is this: An apps’ identity is with how people engage with it. (That’s the reason community is important as well) What impression would the test interface give someone who has never seen Byte? How can I recommend this app to my friends who use tiktok? Anyone would say “well that’s just like tiktok”, and I’ve already experienced this. If we as a community wanted a tiktok clone, then there are plenty of options in that department. Please don’t take away our unique style I beg of you.
“once the test is running we’ll be looking at both versions side by side and seeing which, if any, encourages more liking, commenting, sharing, or other type of engagement.”
- I’m not an expert on anything, but I know there must be other options for encouraging more engagement that doesn’t impact Byte’s image.
If there are 20 other options for layout, and 1 of them looks like tiktok, why can’t they experiment with the 19 that aren’t similar to tiktok? I’m all for engagement, but not at the expense of Byte’s image.
Byte community, I am fearful: Fearful that everything we’ve got that’s unique and cool will mold into something else. Something that is a copy. We set the bar for other apps: vine came first before the competition. Let’s be an individual among a crowd of clones. Let’s have others again follow in our footsteps with an app that’s as equally unique and special as it’s community: one that is clearly 100% fun, 100% us, and 100% Byte. If you read all of this, I thank you