Oh boy, Twitter is finally going mass-market with their new profile design. It’s time to make some creative updates to your profile to make the most of the new features.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about relearning how the site works. Unlike some of Facebook’s updates, Olivarez-Giles in WSJ Tech assures us that “the way you use Twitter remains largely the same.”
Phew. Okay, so what’s new? According to Olivarez-Giles, there are four main points to know:
1. Cover Photos are Now a Thing
“Much like the ‘cover photos’ that sit atop the profile pages on rival services Facebook and Google+, Twitter’s new design lets you add a big, beautiful image to your profile—though Twitter calls it a header photo,” writes Olivarez-Giles, noting that “the previous ‘header image’ did little more than serve as background to your profile photo.”
2. No More Public Background Image
“Your old background image will no longer show up on your profile page—instead, you have to pick a solid color,” Olivarez-Giles notes that this only applies to the “Me” profile page, the one the public sees.
According to Twitter, “Your background photo won’t show up on your profile anymore, but it will show up in other places, such as your timeline view, or when you look at individual tweets.”
3. Best Tweets and Pinned Tweets
In the new profile design, you’ll notice that some of your already-sent tweets have larger text than the rest. This is Twitter’s way of showing you that these were more popular than your average tweet and had more engagement. You can now also pin the tweets you feel are most important to the top of your profile.
4. Filtered Tweets
Although filtering tweets isn’t a new ability, the new profile design makes it easier to do, either on your own tweets or when viewing someone else’s profile.
So there’s the rundown; make a point in the next few days to get in there and freshen up your Twitter profile.