On Tuesday, Twitter finally announced the world roll-out of its Facebook-like profile redesign, which first began gradually rolling out earlier this month. Previously redesign had been available to select parties, with one of the accounts to switch was first lady Michelle Obama weeks ago.
Twitter announced the news in the official blog post, as well as through personalized emails sent to users. The blog post read: “Introducing new Twitter web profiles. Now you can add a larger profile photo. Customize your header. Highlight your greatest moment. See all your Tweets, photos, and videos in one place. And find interesting people to follow – faster than ever”
The design includes many new features, as a three-column layout, bigger cover photos, and overlapping profile photos, similar to the style of Facebook and Google+. The image can be cropped and adjusted according to user preference while uploading, just like a Facebook cover photo.
The new rollout highlights a user’s most popular tweets in a larger font, what lets a user know which of his tweets are more discussed. Users can also pin a specific tweet at the top of their feed, and they can now filter feeds so that they only show tweets with images and/or video, regular tweets or tweets and replies.
One of the most noticeable changes to Twitter’s profiles is probably the “following list.” However, it looks more like an organized collage of the accounts a user follows, complete with a miniature version of their profile images, cover images and basic information.
Information about the user falls under the profile image, followed by smaller photos of that user’s friends. Twitter says “it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about.”
“Your Twitter profile shows the world who you are – moment by moment. New web profiles make it even easier to be yourself. Want the new look?” Twitter wrote on the redesign page.
To get the new profile, users can sign in to their respective Twitter accounts and a notification will appear on the top of the profile to try the redesigned homepage. After reviewing the new profile, Twitter will prompt users to make it permanent and by accepting it users will be switched to the new design.
Twitter’s redesign suggests a major shift in the company’s working style to attract new users. The social networking site announced a new feature that brings real-time pop-up notifications to engage users in instant tweets with others and also extended the interactive function to its infamous Direct Messages, says Headlines & Global News.
“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 recently announced that it’s getting into the mobile app install and ad network business, giving advertisers access to a Facebook-sized audience of 1 billion devices.