Twitter anounces redesign to compete Google+ and Facebook
By Lynn Schindler on April 13, 2014
Twitter sheds its skin and becomes more “personal”, thanks to the new photo-centric design through which you can show your own tastes and preferences on the various contents of the social network.
The California-based company has started rolling out a major redesign of web profile, and gradually everyone will see the new look, which is similar to Facebook and Google+. After the update, the profile will feature a header (cover) photo, a larger profile photo and the ability to pin favorite tweets to the top of the profile.
Furthermore, the customizable header (cover) now occupies the entire width of the screen with a larger profile photo, partially superimposed on it. It’s a three column layout with account description along with photos and videos on the right, while trending topics will appear on the left side. Middle column is for updates, and users can pin one of their tweets to the top of the page.
Here’re main features:
- Best Tweets: Tweets that have received more engagement will appear slightly larger, so your best content is easy to find.
- Pinned Tweet: 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.
- Filtered Tweets: Now you can choose which timeline to view when checking out other profiles. Select from these options: Tweets, Tweets with photos/videos, or Tweets and replies.
Twitter’s current profile layout.
Twitter’s future profile layout.
As of now, the new profile setup is available today to a small group of users, and in the coming weeks, everyone will get the new features. However, new users will start in with the new profile.
In a smart move, Twitter has also enabled picture tagging. Users can now tag friends in their pictures. This feature was already available in other social networks but Twitter has introduced this service in its iOS and Android app. There is a limitation in it because only 10 friends are allowed to be tagged in a picture. However, these tags are removable and can be blocked.
Facebook and Google+ users will notice a certain similarity between the social networks. Probably this is the precise purpose of Twitter to attract new users and facilitate the switch.