Hate the new-look Twitter? Here's how to get the old version back

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People are often resistant to change, particularly when it feels like change for the sake of change -- and this is certainly the feeling that abounds with the recent redesign of Twitter.

While some Twitter users have been working with the new look for some time, it only rolled out globally a couple of weeks ago. Predictably, the reaction has been mixed, but the redesign has certainly not been met with universal praise. If you're one of the many who hate the way things are now, you'll be frustrated to learn that Twitter does not give you a way to revert back to the old look. But where there's a will, there's a way...


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As long as you are a desktop Chrome or Firefox user, all you need to do is install a special extension or add-on and you can return Twitter to the look you came to know and love. Called, appropriately enough, the GoodTwitter extension/add-on is all you need to make Twitter a pleasant place to be again.

You can download it from the Chrome Web Store or the Firefox Add-ons website, and in just a few clicks, Twitter will revert to its old look.

The developers explain that:

This Add-on brings back old twitter by changing the user agent of all your browsers requests to the one of an older browser (Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 9.0; WOW64; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko)

In order for GoodTwitter to work, you'll need to grant it permission to access your browsing history. While this may raise a few hackles, there's an explanation:

If you install the add-on there will be a warning that it can read your browsing history. This is technically true, however it doesn't. It needs the permission to clean the cache for twitter after installing. GoodTwitter does NOT collect any information about you, it does NOT use any analytics at all.

It's an open source project, and you can check out the code on GitHub.

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