16 Apr Twitter Is Changing Its Layout – and Looks More Like Facebook
Twitter is undoubtedly one of the most popular social media networks of them all. The number of tweets that are sent out each minute is mind-boggling to process. Businesses can even tap into the power of Twitter to spread their messages and learn about their customers.
But no one comes close to Facebook when it comes to dominating the social media scene. Perhaps that is why Twitter decided to change its layout to more closely resemble the social media giant.
The rollout isn’t finished yet, and it may be some time before every profile looks differently. But over time, everyone’s profile will be changed (barring a very public backlash).
The first major change you’ll notice, as covered in this article from IBTimes.com, is the cover photo. Previously, a cover photo was one of the smallest options of all the social media platforms out there. But now, Twitter users can use a photo that is much larger and reminiscent of Facebook’s layout.
Another major change is a new emphasis on certain tweets. A tweet will appear larger if it has more engagement (i.e. more retweets and favorites), causing the cream of the crop to rise to the top.
You can even pin a tweet to the top, to add to your bio or to let people know what’s going on right now that is important. You can change this tweet at your leisure. In a way, this is like pinning a post on Facebook to the top of your wall and highlighting it for all to see.
One thing that won’t change is the river of news feed that gives you a steady stream of tweets, all in a row. Twitter originally thought of going to a tile-based system when revamping the layout, but ultimately decided to keep the stream of tweets coming – which is a key feature of Twitter that lets it stand apart.
What do you think about Twitter’s new style?