We all know the Internet sometimes struggles when it comes to design changes (believe me, some people are still grumbling over Facebook’s Timeline), but, people of the Internet, I promise this latest change is a good one.
On Monday Twitter unveiled new features that appear in their mobile apps as well as on its website. Unlike previous design changes, Twitter rolled out this one to everyone all at once in the wee hours of the morning. Here’s a breakdown of what has changed.
Updated Mobile Apps
Included in this update are new and improved apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android. These showcase some improved stream features that enable users to expand a tweet so they can see a larger version (with images, if used) without having to lose their place in their mainstream. It even plays videos in full screen mode.
New “Me” Section
Twitter updated profile pages and dubbed them the “Me” section. Here users can showcase a little more of their brand’s personality with a header photo since backgrounds aren’t visible on the mobile apps. Still, the header photo is applied as a background behind the user’s profile info such as their avatar, Twitter bio, location, and URL, so there’s not much room for cross-promoting or inserting copy.
The “Me” section improves on the old Twitter profile page and adds most recent Tweets as well as a photo stream that enables mobile viewers to quickly swipe through users’ streams of shared photos.
These new design changes show more focus on the mobile experience for users, allowing more media, such as pictures and video, to be accessible through their apps. Perhaps we really did learn a thing or two from Pinterest besides how to make a sock bun.
What do you think about Twitter’s latest design updates?
Hezi » Thanks for your question Hezi! To change your header photo, after you've logged into Twitter, just click on the gear ikon in the upper right. Then click on Edit Your Profile. Then click on Design. The option to change your header photo is halfway down the page. The recommended dimensions for a header photo are 1200 x 600 pixels and a max size of 5MB. Hope this helps!
I agree that the new Twitter updates provide more opportunities for businesses to show their brand personality. The more customizable "Me" section allows brands to post their full logo or other brand associate images unlike the previous Twitter avatar that would sometimes truncate images. This is just another great way to get brand exposure.
Thanks for your comment Nick! I agree. And with a majority of users using mobile platforms, a brand's background would hardly get any exposure. The new header photo seems to fill in that gap.