Twitter Rolls Out New Profile Pages On The Web, Looking More And More Like Facebook
Twitter is rolling out a brand new profile redesign starting today, as it looks to help users showcase who they really are.
With this overhaul, you will be able to pin one of your tweets to the top of your profile page. However, this pinned tweet is not permanent—it’s pushed down with every fresh tweet you send.
Twitter’s Web profile will now show a larger profile photo and customization header, and it will also surface your “best” tweets (those with high engagement will appear slightly larger), but is more engagement always a good thing?
As you can see from the profile of First Lady Michelle Obama, the new Twitter profile looks a lot more like a Web landing page (read: Facebook profile), and photos/videos now have their own tab next to ‘tweets’.
The photos/videos tab is a gallery-like two-column showcase of all the photos and videos you’ve shared on Twitter.
The new profile design has already been tested among a small group of users. You’ll be getting yours within a couple of weeks, but if you create a new account today, you’ll have the new profile immediately.
One of Twitter’s growing pains has been how to appeal to more (non-techie) users. Some people have trouble understanding what they’re supposed to do on the platform. It’s not Facebook, after all.
Or is it?
This update is quite a big change, and the resemblance to Facebook is disheartening. Twitter has also been thinking about removing @ replies from the service in favor of Facebook-style mentions—though this has yet to materialize.
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