Twitter rolls out big changes in the layout of Profile Pages, as well as new apps for mobile devices.
Twitter pages will begin to look different in the coming days as they roll out their new look and features. They say they will be rolling out the new look over the next several weeks, but I have discovered a way to get the new profile page layout on the desktop web version.
Here is what Twitter says about the changes:
“Starting today you can make your presence on Twitter more meaningful with new Twitter profiles. Upload an all-new header photo on mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android or twitter.com, and the same image will appear whenever anyone views your profile on the web or these apps. You can upload your header photo, which appears above your Tweets, to express yourself instantly, anywhere.”
Twitter pages will begin to take on the new look and layout in the coming weeks as they roll out their new look and features. They say they will be moving users over to the new look over the next several weeks, but I have discovered a way to get the new profile page layout on the desktop web version.
If you don’t want to wait, here are the steps to get your new look now:
- Download the new app to your smartphone (iPhone/iPad or Android. Yes, you need the new download on your mobile device to make the changes that will show up on your web version.
- Once installed on your mobile device, open Twitter App,
- Select “Me” from the navigation bar.
- Select the Gear icon.
- Select “Edit profile”.
- Select the “Header” option.
- Select either an existing Photo from your library or take a new photo that will appear similar to the Facebook Timeline images are now.
- Make any changes to your bio, location or URL that are appropriate as they will all now appear on your Profile page image as an overlay.
- Save the Changes and then go to your desktop application and log in to Twitter, at which time you should see the new Profile page.
I know it seems somewhat wonky to have to do all this from your phone or tablet, but that is what you need to do if you want a new Profile page now.
Here is what my new Twitter Profile Page looks like after the change:
When I get some time to think on and work through the possibilities of these changes, I am sure that the image I have chosen will change. The bio will probably take on a new life with more of a message as well. What do you think of the changes? Include Twitter addresses for those new profiles that you think are leveraging the new capabilities in the comments area below. Don’t be shy-share your own profile as you get them switched over.
There are other changes in the way some of the navigation is layed out, and how sponsored tweets will appear, but for now I thought you might like to get ahead of the crowd and get the new Profile page up and visible.