Have you noticed Twitter’s new format?
This article will show the old and new Twitter formats, and highlight a few of the details for you to compare.
- The most obvious change is the new wider format. As desktop computer displays continue to get bigger, websites can design for a wider page format. Twitter takes the lead here, getting us more information packed on the space of our displays. The new wider format is causing extra work for many who had custom backgrounds designed for the old twitter width. If you need assistance creating a Twitter background for the new width, Stroup Images can help.
- The top menu bar has a new search bar and a few color changes. The “Find People” link appears to have been renamed to “Who to Follow.” “Settings” and “Sign Out” have moved to a drop down menu on the Twitter username in the top right corner of the page. “Help” moved to the newly relocated menu at the bottom of the right column.
- The header at the top of the left column has a new larger profile picture, and also shows the name as well as the Twitter username. Location, bio and website are also new in the left column header.
- There’s a new “Edit your Profile” link in the middle of the left column, perhaps to help those who can’t find the “Settings” link under the drop down at the top right of the page.
- There’s a new menu bar in the middle of the left column with new tabs for “Timeline,” “Favorites,” “Following,” “Followers,” and “Lists.”
- Each post now has a small copy of the profile picture, adding some much needed color to the page.
- Many of the menu items which used to be at the bottom of the page are now easier to find at the bottom of the right column.
- The RSS feed button to subscribe to tweets is now strangely absent. I suspect Twitter decided that RSS could be reducing the number of actual visits their website, since tweets are short enough to be totally contained within the RSS feed summary.
These changes are a step forward for Twitter.