Twitter officially rolled out its proprietary, and appropriately named font “Chirp” this week, along with other design changes they claim will make their desktop and app “less cluttered,” including button and color changes.
Twitter first introduced the Chirp font back in January but at the time didn’t mention whether it had plans to replace the SF Pro, Roboto, and Helvetica Neue fonts users have come to know.
Skip ahead to this week, when users suddenly felt like something was different, but they couldn’t quite put their fingers on it.
The official Twitter account itself joked:
But as is the way of the Internet, anytime a popular app updates literally anything, whether it’s a good update or a bad update, users complain and/or make memes. For example…
A complaint (kind of?):
A (funny) complaint:
A meme-y complaint:
You get the picture.
I personally welcome the new font, if for no other reason than it separates old Twitter screenshots being posted to Instagram from newer Tweet screenshots being posted it Instagram.
AKA, I know when I’m seeing a fresh meme vs. when I’m seeing something old, and therefore something I should send to all my friends because they’re just going to say…
Oh, and for the record, this font is only available on Twitter, though it is possible to download Chrip or make memes using the new typeface on apps like TweetPik (ahem, where we make all our memes anyway).
Complaints notwithstanding, I’m thinking Chirp is here to stay.
h/t TweetPik — A Twitter Video And Image Downloader that makes turning Tweets into memes simple and automatic.