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Twitter’s new look is finally rolling out to everyone. Don’t you think it looks a lot like Facebook? Do you like it? It’s cleaner, and we like the fact that the filtering options are all together, right under the humungous new header image. And we like that even though Twitter’s look has changed, the way it works hasn’t really.
We redid our Twitter page based on new changes, and made a new customizable Photoshop template you can download here.
Here are five things to know about the redesign.
The “cover” photos that adorn Facebook and Google+ pages are expansive. And Twitter’s new design now lets you add an equally big image to the top chunk of your profile page. Before, the header image was really just background for your profile photo.
The new size for the header image is 1500×500 pixels. If possible, use those exact dimensions so your photo doesn’t get stretched and distorted.
As for the profile photo, which is now higher resolution, aim for an image that is at least 400×400.
If you had a background image on your old Twitter profile, it will no longer show up on your Profile page. With the new setup, you’ll have to choose a solid color for a background. To do this, go into “Settings” and then “Design” where you’ll be give the option to “Customize your own” color.
If you have a chosen a background image, it will show up everywhere else: your “Home,” “Notifications,” and “Discover” pages. The background image also shows up behind individual tweets and lists you’ve created.
After you’ve set up your new profile, you’ll notice that some of your tweets have larger text than others. This is Twitter’s way of letting you know which of your tweets have the best engagement, meaning they’ve been retweeted, responded to or favorited.
If you’ve sent a super witty, inspiring or otherwise fantastic tweet, you can now pin that tweet to the top of your timeline. To pin a tweet, click on the ••• icon below the tweet. In addition to “Share via email,” “Embed Tweet,” you’ll see “Pin to your profile page.” The pinned tweet will stay at the top of your page until you pin a new one or unpin it (via the ••• drop down).
Filtering options — looking at the tweets, photos/videos, following or followers — for your page, or anyone else’s now appear all in a row, right under the header photo.You could do this before, but now the options are side by side, making it easier to find what you’re looking for.
So what do you think of the new design? Tweet us and we’ll follow you! We’re @shortstacklab.
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