Twitter Rolls Out Its Facebook-Like Profile Redesign

Beginning Tuesday, Twitter will be rolling out its updated design that adds a lot more user information and several new features.

The new layout, which will be available to a small group of users initially, will be widely deployed to Twitter’s 241 million users in the coming weeks, the company said. Photo: Twitter Blogs

From this moment Twitter will look more like Facebook, as microblogging service launches its newest design of user profiles on Tuesday.

In a blog post titled “Coming soon: a whole new you, in your Twitter profile,” Twitter explains that the redesign will allow users to express who they are in an easier – and more fun – way.

The new design for Twitter profile pages displays a larger profile picture and a larger banner picture to display across the top of their profile page, and showcases users’ most popular tweets. The company said the new profile pages will highlight users’ tweets that have received high numbers of retweets and favorites. Users can now also pin their favorite tweets to the top of their profile pages.

“Pin one of your tweets to the top of your page, so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about,” Twitter said in a blog.

Content is ranged underneath in three columns. The left column features followers and photos, the middle column shows tweets, while the right column details trends and recommendations.

Users of the Twitter profiles can also choose what they would like to see. They can choose to see a user’s Tweets, replies to other Tweets, or photos and videos. Not only will the owner of a Twitter profile be able to choose what they want others to see, but others will be able to choose what they themselves want to see.

“This new profile setup is available today to a small group of users. If you’re new to Twitter, you’ll start in with the new profile,” writes David Bellona, a designer at Twitter. “In the coming weeks, we will roll out the new features to everyone.”

The new profile design is already live for a handful of celebrities, including Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Floyd Mayweather and John Legend, and it will also show up for new users.

However, for some the change can be difficult and sudden, as the new Twitter redesign is getting mixed reviews from users and experts alike.

“I think it is good overall,” says Graham Witty of Social Media Men, a UK firm that helps users get more Twitter followers. “The Twitter changes allow users to highlight more what is important to them and what they are all about, so it should be a great way for small businesses to get their message out there to the masses.”

Twitter reported higher-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue on February 6, but investors focused on user growth of just 3.8 percent, the lowest rate of quarter-on-quarter growth since Twitter began disclosing user figures. Last year it went public, trying to make its service more appealing to newcomers not fluent in the Twitter’s strange language of retweets and hashtags.

The response has included making conversations between people easier to track and emphasizing photos in the stream of tweets. Last month, Twitter rolled out an update to its smartphone app, adding two features: photo tagging and the ability to include up to four photos in a tweet.

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