After a month of testing, Twitter is gradually rolling out their new, major redesign of user profiles. Adding more information and many other new features, the new Twitter looks very similar to Facebook’s user profiles.
Amongst the new features are larger user photo and customisable header image. Twitter now also highlights your tweets that have had the most engagements, by making them slightly larger in font size than the rest of your timeline. For extended display, you can now also pin one of your tweets to the top of the page.
When you first see the new design, it’s hard to not spot the similarities to Facebook’s on user profile. The similarities are inescapable. Your avatar is now a square profile photo, located in the top left, and a cover photo running along the breadth of your Twitter page, which dominates the page, much like Facebook’s cover page. Underneath the profile photo is where you’ll find your basic user information, followed by photos and friends. Unlike Facebook however, Twitter has placed the photos below your followers. Facebook has done this the other way around. With all these similarities, one wonders how Twitter users will react, especially those not too fond of Facebook.
Although already available to a hand full of celebrities, we mere mortals will have to wait a while longer as the new look rolls out over the next few weeks.