In one of my posts in February, I talked about how Twitter was testing a new layout for users’ profile page. This new layout was to look like a more like one of Facebook. The plan has been to release the update to select users at different times and that has been taking place ever since I first posted about it the first time. However, Twitter has now provided the option for anyone to change to this new layout immediately and all they have to do is press a button on their profile page.
Matt Peckham (@mattpeckham) of time.com just released an online article as of today that discusses 8 ideas that are tied to the new change. Here are his 8 points:
-Twitter hasn’t changed – not really… : This means that it is still centered around your tweets and doesn’t have any of the distractions that Facebook brings.
-.. but it’s clearly more like Facebook: The profile page looks a lot like Facebook. The placement and size of the cover and profile pictures are now matching. Also, info about tweets and pictures/videos are accessible through a menu at the top of one’s page.
-Isn’t the new font for tweets kinda gargantuan?: With the new change, tweets that are more important (lots of favorites and retweets) are now given a larger font and definitely stand out.
-You’ll want a 400 x 400 profile picture: The new layout now expands the profile pictures from 256 x 256 photos to 400 x 400 photos. With the expansion, it would be smart to take time and resize photos or just pick a new one entirely. Photos that fit well and are not pixelated look much more attractive to potential followers.
-You’ll want a 1,500 x 500 header, too: This is even more crucial than your profile picture! The change destroys old photos that are too small now. My cover photo looked horrible now that it was expanded. Just take the short time and get a new cover photo that works for this new layout.
-The menu has more data angles, and they’re important ones: I’ll let Peckham describe what is going with this point because he does a great job explaining it. He writes, “Ever since Twitter added the option to include inline photos and videos, we’ve been accruing repositories of visual content. Under the old design, these were jammed into a lefthand box that, when clicked, swapped your tweet column for a stacked picture/video column. In the new design, picture/video is just another menu option next to tweets and followers. When clicked, it smartly hijacks both the center and righthand side of your view, giving you two full columns to peruse more content at once.”
-You can fine-tune your Twitter stream: This means that there is now an option to view regular tweets and replies separately, along with accessing the tweets you favorited in a different area as well. This can give potential followers a better taste of what you actually tweet instead of having to scroll through hundreds of tweets from one conversation with one person.
-You can pin your best stuff to promote conversations: You can move your favorite tweets to the top of your profile page for other people to see and potentially comment on or retweet. This is a great move by Twitter. This will expand the use of conversations on Twitter greatly in my opinion.