Twitter's Redesign: What You Need To Know

If you like to keep up with the world of tech, then you will have heard that Twitter has started rolling out a new design. As with any change in social media, it has caused a bit of an up-roar. Yes, it does look very similar to Facebook. Yes, the enlarged tweets at the top of the feed look a bit odd. But yes, it is probably here to stay so we may as well learn to like it.

However, in case you missed all this, here's the difference:

It seems that Mrs Obama was awarded the new profile earlier than her husband.

It seems that Mrs Obama was awarded the new profile earlier than her husband.

So, what do you need to know about the new design?

Image Dimensions

The most noticeable change is that the dimension requirements for images have changed. We noticed that when some of our Twitter accounts had made the switch, the old header images now looked stretched and didn't quite fit: 

When our own Twitter profile changed, we saw that Adam's head had been chopped off. Not good.

When our own Twitter profile changed, we saw that Adam's head had been chopped off. Not good.

Your profile picture needs to be 400 x 400 pixels and the header image needs to be 1500 x 500 pixels. While these changes will only be apparent to desktop users, it's important to maintain your profile to a good standard. A poorly put-together profile is almost as bad as leaving your profile picture as an egg. (Although interestingly, Twitter have now eschewed the egg as the default profile picture in favour of a Facebook-style silhouette!) 

Pinned Tweets

You now have the option to pin tweets to the top of your profile (sounds familiar...). Here's what Mashable say: 

"Now you can click on the little More menu in every tweet (those three dots), and select "Pin to your profile page. Now everyone will see that tweet first. It's a smart move by Twitter, but adding some scheduling capabilities might be wise, since I bet people will forget that they've pinned old Tweets to the top of their page."

Filtered Tweets

When viewing other profiles you can now sort tweets into just tweets, tweets with photos or videos, and tweets with replies. We're yet to discover how helpful this may be, but it's a good way to wipe out irrelevant conversations when viewing someone's profile. 

What Do You Think?

If your profile has not yet made the switch, Twitter promises us that this change will be rolled out to all users over the next few weeks. Also, all new users who sign up will automatically start with the new profile. Perhaps Twitter are hoping that this move will make Twitter more approachable by those who previously deemed it too complicated? Let us know what you think at @yousaysocial.