Here is another debrief as a few people ask when large changes get pushed around. Last week Twitter rolled out its new web profile design.
According to it’s own blog new features are:
- 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.
What does this actually mean for you?
Well, if you like most of us, use twitter on a mobile device then it means absolutely nothing.
However, if you utilize twitter on the web or want to make your profile look professional to others that access it via the web then here’s what you need to know.
- Twitter’s profile pages now use browser-space more efficiently, fitting more header will be automatically resized to fit, for most this will mean that resolution of these pictures will drop and only a section of your original picture will be seen. If this is important to you, take the time to upload a new profile pic at 400 x 400 pixels and a new background header at 1500 x 500 pixels.
- Picture/video content isn’t squeezed into that lefthand box that, when clicked, swapped your tweet column for a stacked picture/video column. Now it is a menu option next to tweets and followers that when clicked, changes both the center and righthand side of your view, giving you two full columns to view content.
- You can now pin your “best” tweets to the top of your feed, like threads on a message board, allowing you to flag your favorite thoughts or conversations for passing traffic.
- On your time line you can now tweak what you see, choose from Tweets, Tweets with photos/videos, or Tweets and replies, allowing you or your visitors to scroll through your dispatches much more quickly, if desired.
In the priority list of things to do, this one is pretty low. Twitter was born on text messaging, evolved to an app, and remains to live predominately on mobile devices. So why are they focusing on updating their profile layout now? Twitter wants to capture that Facebook crowd that does sit at their desk to get social media updates.