Twitter has just announced a redesigned look for its website, which makes it a lot like Google Plus and Facebook’s design profile.
After Twitter went public last year, its user base didn’t grow as fast as before. The company’s growth had declined and the micro-blogging website was reportedly looking for new ways to keep the experience refreshing. A few weeks back, it was said that the company was testing a new Facebook like redesign for the website and today these changes have become official.
It’s been a long time since the website got a makeover and this sure seems to be the one that users were waiting for. The new design makes profile pictures as well as the background image more prominent. So, the earlier text based profile will now be more visually appealing for users.
The profile picture is now shifted to the left from the center and the tweets, followers and following buttons stay at the center. The biggest change however is the option to add a large cover photo on top of the page, which will be the most prominent image of the user’s profile. Below the profile picture is the bio as well as the photos and videos. The trends box and the ‘who to follow’ suggestion box is now on the right.
Tweets on the page will also appear quite different. The more interactive ones will be showcased with a larger font as compared to the not so famous ones. So, if a particular tweet has more replies and retweets, then that one would be more prominent on the page. Also, users can now pin certain tweets on top of the page. These tweets can essentially serve as a welcome message to the visitors or can even act as a bio.
Users can also filter tweets from other’s profiles. If they want, they can restrict tweets to just basic texts, or tweets with photos or videos or even tweets with replies. In short, the new twitter gives the user the ability to customize his account according to his liking.
While the redesign looks a lot like other social networking websites out there, this move is not that surprising. Photos and videos are more visually engaging than plain texts, and it was only a matter of time, twitter made these things prominent.
Unfortunately, the redesign is currently available only to a handful of twitter users (like Channing Tatum, Zac Efron and The First Lady) and would be gradually rolled out to everybody worldwide. However, those who can’t wait that long can sign up for a new account which will start with this design as default.
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