Twitter profiles have been upgraded and everything is BIG!

Twitter profiles have been upgraded and everything is BIG!

Twitter has undergone a massive redesigning move.

The old profile design requires minimal customization, which meant that users would not care much to update their profiles on a regular basis. Besides, it is the tweets and not the profile that gets noticed, so this may be a move by Twitter to change that. The company aims to make it easier for users to connect on the site, through an enhanced profile with better details. In addition to this, profiles are becoming increasingly important to maintain the brand image of companies, as well as many celebrities using it.

The theme of Twitter’s new look is BIG. Yes, every element has been sized up, from the profile picture to the tweets. The tweets, however, vary in size – they get bigger as the tweet gains popularity. The ‘popularity’ of the tweet would depend on how many followers you have and how many times the tweet is retweeted. The change in design to make everything larger has created more space between items. This makes the site less text-heavy and more user-friendly.

So what are the steps that a new user would have to go through, as part of the new design? It is to be noted that Twitter has still a lot of work to do to enhance the account setting-up process.

Firstly, Twitter asks you to build your timeline. This process is similar to the old process, where they ask you to create a username and follow certain accounts. Next comes the new Twitter profile designing.

Here, you need to first add a profile picture and description. However, in the old Twitter, if there was no photo uploaded, the picture slot was represented as an egg, symbolic of a Twitter bird in the making. Now, the default picture slot resembles a silhouette. This is similar to what Facebook does to no-photo profiles.

Once you upload your profile picture, you are taken to your new page. Compared to the old profile page, the profile picture in your new page is much larger.

In addition to this, a user has to upload a ‘header’ image, similar to the ‘cover photo’ in Facebook or a header in Google+. After uploading it, the site lets you scale and position it properly. A lot of old users created their profile pictures and backgrounds such that their positioning enhanced the profile. However, in the new design, the positioning is different, so these users will have to redo their work.

Though Twitter still offers preset themes, as well as enables a user to create their own, the backgrounds built for the older design may not work with the new one.

As far as positioning goes, there are a lot of changes. Twitter names, handles, descriptions and links have all been placed on the left of the profile.  However, the menu consisting of Tweets, Following, Followers, Favorites and Lists has been done away with. On visiting someone’s new profile, there will be the ’Tweet to’ box for that account. The menu consisting of ‘Who to Follow’ and Trends has been moved to the right. The site’s ‘Following’ list has drastically changed. Instead of a list, we see a board of small cards for all those users that we follow. Twitter has added more options with each of these accounts. The Edit Profile screen is improved to be much more user-friendly.

One of the main new features is the ability to ‘pin’ a tweet. A user can select a tweet and pin it to their profile page. This way others could see that tweet first, when the user’s profile is accessed.

So what’s the verdict on the upgrade? Of course, the new profile looks amazing, but with all the big pictures and large sized font, using it could get overwhelming. Though the new look would definitely help new users, the older users would find it annoying, since they are used to the minimalistic, text-based design.

Nevertheless, the new profiles look inviting, so give it a try!

Twitter has undergone a massive redesigning move.

The old profile design requires minimal customization, which meant that users would not care much to update their profiles on a regular basis. Besides, it is the tweets and not the profile that gets noticed, so this may be a move by Twitter to change that. The company aims to make it easier for users to connect on the site, through an enhanced profile with better details. In addition to this, profiles are becoming increasingly important to maintain the brand image of companies, as well as many celebrities using it.

The theme of Twitter’s new look is BIG. Yes, every element has been sized up, from the profile picture to the tweets. The tweets, however, vary in size – they get bigger as the tweet gains popularity. The ‘popularity’ of the tweet would depend on how many followers you have and how many times the tweet is retweeted. The change in design to make everything larger has created more space between items. This makes the site less text-heavy and more user-friendly.

So what are the steps that a new user would have to go through, as part of the new design? It is to be noted that Twitter has still a lot of work to do to enhance the account setting-up process.

Firstly, Twitter asks you to build your timeline. This process is similar to the old process, where they ask you to create a username and follow certain accounts. Next comes the new Twitter profile designing.

Here, you need to first add a profile picture and description. However, in the old Twitter, if there was no photo uploaded, the picture slot was represented as an egg, symbolic of a Twitter bird in the making. Now, the default picture slot resembles a silhouette. This is similar to what Facebook does to no-photo profiles.

Once you upload your profile picture, you are taken to your new page. Compared to the old profile page, the profile picture in your new page is much larger.

In addition to this, a user has to upload a ‘header’ image, similar to the ‘cover photo’ in Facebook or a header in Google+. After uploading it, the site lets you scale and position it properly. A lot of old users created their profile pictures and backgrounds such that their positioning enhanced the profile. However, in the new design, the positioning is different, so these users will have to redo their work.

Though Twitter still offers preset themes, as well as enables a user to create their own, the backgrounds built for the older design may not work with the new one.

As far as positioning goes, there are a lot of changes. Twitter names, handles, descriptions and links have all been placed on the left of the profile.  However, the menu consisting of Tweets, Following, Followers, Favorites and Lists has been done away with. On visiting someone’s new profile, there will be the ’Tweet to’ box for that account. The menu consisting of ‘Who to Follow’ and Trends has been moved to the right. The site’s ‘Following’ list has drastically changed. Instead of a list, we see a board of small cards for all those users that we follow. Twitter has added more options with each of these accounts. The Edit Profile screen is improved to be much more user-friendly.

One of the main new features is the ability to ‘pin’ a tweet. A user can select a tweet and pin it to their profile page. This way others could see that tweet first, when the user’s profile is accessed.

So what’s the verdict on the upgrade? Of course, the new profile looks amazing, but with all the big pictures and large sized font, using it could get overwhelming. Though the new look would definitely help new users, the older users would find it annoying, since they are used to the minimalistic, text-based design.

Nevertheless, the new profiles look inviting, so give it a try!