A New Look for Twitter

Sep 20, 2012

Twitter has apparently learned nothing from Facebook's missteps when it comes to user profile designs. Every time Facebook changes its profiles, users turn to social media to gripe about every little thing, and now Twitter is updating its look with what some are a calling a Facebook-like emphasis on profiles.

According to ComputerWorld, "Twitter CEO Dick Costolo on Tuesday showed the site's redesign on the Today Show and talked about putting a new focus on user photos and profiles." There will even be "header photos" - which might seem familiar to Facebook Timeline users, only there it's called a "cover photo."

Meanwhile, developers are angry with Twitter over new restrictions and CEO Dick Costolo went on Charlie Rose (after unveiling the new look on The Today Show) to talk about the changes. According to CNET, Costolo said, "The future of Twitter is that we'll have a true platform...not just an API that allows developers to create an alternate Twitter experience, but an API that allows third parties to build on top of Twitter in a way that creates accretive value for the user, much how Amazon allowed third-party merchants to build into Amazon." In other words, Twitter wants more control over its user experience, and ultimately the ad revenue.


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Twitter has been on an announcement spree lately. Most recently, Twitter said it would expand the Discover tab. Twitter added the tab last December, billing it as a place where users could go to find tweets that were relevant to them. Now, according to a blog post, "when you visit the Discover tab on twitter.com, you'll see a continuous stream of Tweets, which automatically expand to show you the most relevant stories and most engaging photos."