After years of the familiar Twitter follow and tweet buttons scattered around the Web, the company is redesigning them to be flatter, attractive and work better.
The new icons remove the share count displayed next to the button and flatten its overall look. As part of the update Twitter will be closing down the share count API, so developers can’t create unofficial buttons with the share count displayed next to them.
Follower counts will continue to be available and the new buttons show in the exact same pixel dimensions as before, so there won’t be any action required for most developers unless they’re displaying the share count.
The updated buttons are rolling out next month and will start appearing around the Web where the existing buttons are used.