Twitter is rolling out a profile redesign on the Web featuring a photo-focused layout that has a distinct resemblance to Facebook. The social network has also acquired android lock screen application, Cover.
Twitter has unveiled a redesign for user profiles and it looks a lot like Facebook.
The social network said in a blog post, "Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are. Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved Web profile."
The profile redesign is rolling out to a select number of tweeters from today, including Michelle Obama, and has already drawn attention for its similarity to Facebook. As expected, it has the main picture and bio shifted to the left of the page with more space dedicated to the header photo, which now sits across the top of the screen.
"The new Web profile lets you use a larger profile photo, customize your header, show off your best tweets, and more," Twitter explained.
With the redesign come some new features. These include: Best Tweets - which will see popular tweets made more prominent; Pinned Tweet - allowing for updates to be pinned to the top of a profile; and Filtered Tweets - enabling users to choose which timeline to view when checking out other users' profiles.
While the updated profile design is only available to a select number of users at present, Twitter said it will be made available for all in the coming weeks. It has yet to announce whether it will also apply the design to its mobile apps.
News of Twitter's profile redesign comes just hours after the firm revealed that it acquired Android lock screen application Cover to challenge Facebook Home.
For those who haven't heard of Cover, the start-up - which launched in beta in October - describes the app as being able to learn "when and where you use different apps and puts them on your lockscreen for easy access".
"Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android. They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter - more useful and more contextual - and together we're going to make that happen," said Cover in a blog post.
The purchase sees Twitter looking to make more of a push in the mobile market.
This article was originally published on the Inquirer.
On the heels of a fantastic event in New York City, ClickZ Live is taking the fun and learning to Toronto, June 23-25. With over 15 years' experience delivering industry-leading events, ClickZ Live offers an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Register today!
Want to learn more? Join us at ClickZ Live San Francisco, Aug 10-12!
Educating marketers for over 15 years, ClickZ Live brings together industry thought leaders from the largest brands and agencies to deliver the most advanced, educational digital marketing agenda. Register today and save $500!
Carly Page joined The INQUIRER as News Editor in April 2012. Before becoming a full-time geek, Carly studied Journalism at the University of Lincoln, and dabbled in the music journalism industry. Carly's main coverage areas include mobile devices, mobile software, telecoms, mobile operators, social networks and anything Breaking Bad related.
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce
This Magic Quadrant examines leading digital commerce platforms that enable organizations to build digital commerce sites. These commerce platforms facilitate purchasing transactions over the Web, and support the creation and continuing development of an online relationship with a consumer.
Paid Search in the Mobile Era
Google reports that paid search ads are currently driving 40+ million calls per month. Cost per click is increasing, paid search budgets are growing, and mobile continues to dominate. It's time to revamp old search strategies, reimagine stale best practices, and add new layers data to your analytics.
June 10, 2015
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT