We all heard it was coming but it’s finally here! Twitter’s new layout has finally arrived and is available for everyone. All you have to do is log in to your Twitter account, and there it is, the option to update now or later, it’s your choice. I would advise updating now!
Within your account, the ‘Home’ option will give you much the same look as before, the same goes for the ‘Notifications’ and ‘Discover’ options. However, the ‘Me’ option will give you a whole new view, with a larger profile image and a header that stretches across the entire screen. The profile image size has grew a bit, now with a 400 x 400 pixel ratio, but don’t worry this should resize automatically. The header has also grew tremendously! It’s not hidden behind your profile image anymore, it’s an in-your-face statement now with a 1500 x 500 pixel ratio. As with Facebook this is a great place to add promotional material, last minute deals and seasonal images. This is one area that I would recommend updating as soon as you’re able, if this was an area ignored in the previous layout version, which from personal experience was.
The new layout gives a much clearer visual of all your tweets, with an option to ‘Pin a Tweet’, along with listing the number of followers and following set beside the number of favorites and photos you have posted throughout your time on Twitter.
Twitter’s new layout release runs aside its recent purchase of Gnip, a Boulder, CO based social data network, which will, I’m sure, lead to even more value based use and information to be released in the near future. Twitter may seem behind in the times compared to some other social networks, but it’s clearly taking time to plan and respond to user demand in a much more thought out way than any other social beast, and this is just the beginning.