What you need to know about Twitter’s updated profiles

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Twitter recently made its new profile design available to everyone and it’s causing a lot of chatter. Twitter is breaking away from its simplistic nature and seems to be embracing a layout that is very similar to Facebook. Let’s examine some of its new characteristics and see if they work for Twitter.

New Font

The new font for tweets is bigger than it was before, 28px (double from the 14px it was in the old design), but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The popular tweets, the ones that have received the most engagement from followers, are highlighted on the user’s profile by enlarged text. The text on the right-hand and left-hand columns is still smaller font.

Background Header

Now twitter users can upload a 1,500 x 500 background header that spices up their profile. If you don’t, you’ll be stuck with a boring blue color for the background header and text that says, “Make this space yours. Add a photo!” While this is extremely reminiscent of Facebook, the header works well for Twitter because it doesn’t distract too much from other elements of the profile.

Profile Picture

Twitter upsized the profile picture for the new design, so use this as an excuse to update your profile picture! You will want to upload a new picture that is 400 x 400 pixels, otherwise it won’t look sharp and focused.

Pinning Tweets

You can now pin your best or favorite tweets to the top of your feed on your profile. So, if there is something you want to promote, then this added feature allows you to do that with more ease than before.

These various changes don’t seem to interfere at all with Twitter’s ease of use. The changes actually allow users to browse Twitter more efficiently and open the profiles up for a less-cramped viewing experience.


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