The micro-blogging site Twitter has introduced a new design. The redesign includes elements that could remind one of Facebook, the Palo Alto based social networking giant. The previous layout was quite mundane comparing to the new layout.
There are five new features that come with the new layout. They are cover photo of larger size, pinned tweets, best tweets, filtering tweets and refurbished followers and following lists. These features are introduced to deliver improved user experience.
The profile setup process is somewhat different from the previous process. When setting up his profile, a user would first have to post a profile pic and a description. If he skips uploading a photo, a default silhouette image will automatically become his profile picture.
When the user will land on the profile page, the profile picture will become larger in size. Also, he would be able to set a header theme. The header theme is similar to background image in Facebook. User could select a header theme from Twitter’s stockpile or upload a theme of their own. Width of the header theme couldn’t be more than 1500 pixels.
The following list is no longer a list in the new layout. It mimics the Pinterest style pinboard. Recommendations on who to follow and Trends have been placed in the lower right navigation. If a user visits someone else’s profile page, he could see ‘Tweet to’ box feature which resembles Facebook Message.
The Pinned tweets feature allows Tweets to appear on a user’s wall just like a Facebook status update. Users will have control over this as they could select which tweet they want to be featured on their profile page.
Tweets which will receive most engagement will appear on the profile page as the best tweet. When first posted, the tweet will be of normal size; as more retweets or more conversastions take place, the font size of the tweet will automatically increase so the particular tweet stands out in the stream.
Users could filter tweets through options such as Tweets, Tweets and Replies and Tweets with Photos and Videos. This will help users to browse through galore of tweets and look up for selective tweets.
The new Twitter profile layout will be started to roll out to existing users from the next week. Twitter’s official blog indicates that new users will see the new layout immediately.