Change is in the Air: The New Twitter Design

Like Facebook, Twitter is an ever-changing entity that, without warning, can change overnight. In the last few months, Twitter got a facelift. What’s different? Let’s take a look.

Higher engagement = larger posts

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The tweets that receive more attention will appear larger on your timeline than those that others found less than interesting. Way to rub salt in the wound, Twitter.

Multiple timelines

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Now your timeline (and everyone else’s) will be separated into two categories – Tweets, and Tweets and Replies. This is a cool feature for people who want to make the decision to either see your conversations or not see your conversations.

Pinned tweets

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Whether you’re inviting the whole world to your birthday party or just want to show off that awesome photo you took of Mr. Fluffy, pinned tweets force all of your friends to see your favorite tweet at the top of your timeline for as long as you want. For reference, this is what it looks like:

It’s easier to add people to lists

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One of the little-known secrets of Twitter is that you can use lists to surpass your Twitter follow limit. The average Twitter user is capped at following approximately 2,000 profiles – a tough ceiling for journalists and those working in public relations. The new Twitter layout makes it easier to add people to lists, and lists don’t count against your follow limit.

You can actually see photos
Remember when you tweeted a photo and it was displayed in the form of a link that everyone had to click on? Now, Twitter not only posts the actual photo with your Tweet, but it’s also a pretty decent size.

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Just soak up all that beautiful imagery.

Overall, Twitter’s timeline is all-around larger and easier to read. By the time I hit publish, there will probably be something new. That’s the beautiful and frustrating part of social media, and we’ll be here blogging every step of the way!