Twitter Unveils New Look

Twitter continues to change its look to keep up with the design and layout alterations of its social media counterparts, LinkedIn and Facebook. In September, the platform announced design changes to your Profile page as well as a new update to its mobile and iPad apps.

On your page, you can soon add a large header photo on the right hand side. Twitter is slowly rolling out this new feature. In fact, some users may have already noticed the option to upload the new header photo when they log into their account. If you don’t want to wait, you can upload your header photo by visiting twitter.com/settings/design. Keep in mind that the minimum dimensions of the new header photo are 1200 x 600 pixels with a maximum file size of 5 MB.

Additionally, your avatar in the left hand corner will now be front and center on top of the Header Photo and that would be the image that would accompany each of your tweets. According to Twitter product manager, Sachin Agarwal, the new profiles also help you get to know people better through their pictures. Agarwal posted on the Twitter blog that photo streams now appear below anyone’s most recent Tweets on iPhone, Android and iPad. Swipe through the stream to see the photos other users have shared or tap any thumbnail to view their photos in fullscreen.

“While the header photo keeps your profile simple and consistent on iPhone, iPad and Android, you will also still have an additional photo – a background photo – on twitter.com,” he wrote. “Upload a background image to complement your header and profile photos.”

One other change Twitter announced is that it changed its Application Programming Interface (API) and closed off how third-party apps communicate with Twitter. So that means you will be unable to use apps such as TweetBot and Twitpic. The change was made so Twitter could have more control over what information apps can access on their platform and how they can access it. These design changes follows just a couple months after Twitter revealed its Expanded Tweets feature. When you expand Tweets containing links to partner websites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos and more.

Let us know what you think of these recent changes in the comments below!.

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