Logging into Twitter on your desktop you’ll be prompted to begin using the new Twitter profile.
Twitter has been rolling the new profiles to select users over the last month plus. Today, the new web profile experience is being rolling out to all users.
- Larger profile photos. These photos are now 400 pixels by 400 pixels, the same aspect ratio as before but with larger dimensions.
- Customizable header image. This main image spans the browser, and users are encouraged to upload a 1500 pixel by 500 pixel image. Your current header image might fit, but the bigger scale might make it look a little fuzzy. (Images sizes are relative to device, too, so you might notice different layouts on different screens.)
- Best Tweets: Your tweets with the most engagement will appear in a larger text size inside your stream of updates.
- Pinned Tweet: Pin one of your Tweets to the top of your page, so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about.
- Filtered Tweets: When visiting someone else’s profile, you can choose how to view their tweets: tweets only, tweets plus replies, or tweets with photos or videos.
- Pinterest-style grid view of your followers, who you’re following, and your visual content.
- Photos and videos page.
As I blogged back in February, the new Twitter profiles and media presentation are going to make Twitter more intuitive. The changes will certainly make Twitter more visual, something that folks seem to love across social media.
You’ll not see the new profiles on your smartphone or tablet. This is a big shortcoming for now as Twitter acknowledged a year ago that mobile is often the primary way people around the globe experience Twitter.
Expect to see an update to Twitter apps reflecting some change. Facebook has achieved a lot in its mobile interface, and it appears Twitter is heading towards something at least similar.
For you lawyers not using Twitter, this ought to make things a bit more intuitive. You ought to give Twitter a whirl, it’s an excellent way to receive information, build relationships, and enhance your reputation as a trusted authority.