Twitter caught testing major Facebook-like redesign

By , Feb 11, 2014

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I’m not big into social networking—Facebook, Path, Instagram, etc.—but I’m a longtime and frequent user of Twitter. I could give you a dozen reasons why I like it, but it comes down to its pool of high-profile users and its in-line streaming design.

That design, however, could be going by the wayside in the not-too-distant future. Twitter has been caught testing a major redesign for user profiles and tweet streams which features larger photos, rearranged tweets, and several other UI changes…

Here’s a screenshot of the new design, courtesy of Mashable’s Matt Petronzio:

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And here is the report from Mashable:

“Mashable assistant features editor Matt Petronzio spotted on Tuesday a huge update to his Twitter profile page, with the main picture and bio scaled to the left and significantly more real estate dedicated to the header photo.

In addition, under the header photo lives the count for tweets, photos/videos (a new category called out on the profile), following, followers, favorites and view lists. Tweets are also much larger and more photo centric than before.”

The news comes just days after Twitter began rolling out its latest design to the public after weeks of testing. That rollout brought the social network’s web apps more in-line with its native mobile apps, but this appears to be a complete makeover.

There’s no word yet on when, or if these changes will make their way to end users, or how it will impact Twitter’s iOS app and other third-party clients. But here’s hoping it doesn’t. While it looks nice, I fear it’d greatly disrupt the flow of the service.

What do you think about Twitter’s proposed new design?

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  • Steve Jobs

    “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

    • Framboogle

      Hey Steve can you fix iOS 7 please.

      • Jonathan

        That’ll be iOS 8.

  • Jonathan

    Facebook should becoming more like twitter rather than twitter becoming more like facebook.

    • onebyone_

      and. Yep. they are switching.
      (please see the “reshare” button on the following picture).

      • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

        You could always do this. It’s just more prevalent in Paper.

  • Virus

    I don’t like it

  • Linton Findlay

    probably because twitter is making massive loses. majority of people prefer facebook because its easier to use, maybe this will help

    • http://www.facebook.com/fourinchworld Michael Scott Allen

      I completely disagree. Facebook is more popular because it requires no thought at all. It’s a vile time-suck and if Twitter is headed that way, the internet is over for me…

      • Jonathan

        Pretty sure facebook is popular because it’s already popular. There are technically better sites for chatting, events and groups, but none of them have the user base facebook has.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fourinchworld Michael Scott Allen

        But having the larger user base doesn’t automatically mean quality. Think Windows ME..

      • Jonathan

        thats my point

      • Linton Findlay

        dunno, all the people i actually know who have twitter just post absolute shit. i only use twitter as its easier than setting up an rss feed. facebook is more useful for keeping up to date with personal relationships with people you know, whereas twtter is for keeping up with interests and famous people(i find at least anyway)

      • http://www.facebook.com/fourinchworld Michael Scott Allen

        I use Twitter to keep in touch with designers and developers I know and work with so for me it’s THE tool to use. I think what makes it awesome is we all have something to choose from.

      • Dwight

        MICHAEL!

  • ::/DeltaStylez::

    Looks much better ..

  • Mads Teland

    It looks design like how you don’t know how to read here what is that :)

  • http://russiandog.in.ua/ Russian Dog

    Design feels much better, but it’s not hard to understand, that it’s stolen.

  • Prasoon Singh

    Eh I don’t really care. I just use Tweetbot on my Mac.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fourinchworld Michael Scott Allen

    This…. this is just horrible.

  • FrankensteinBlack

    Ads are coming! This redesign will facilitate it by using more screen real estate. I’m sad now ;^(…

  • Jason Dieter

    Thank God I just use tweetbot.

  • FrankensteinBlack

    They should just done this, and realize the timeline is at the heart of Twitter!

  • Gabriel Diaz

    No!

  • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

    Because imitation is the BEST form of flattery!!!
    :)

  • michaelrw

    this looks god awful. what a terrible idea.. it looks more like facebook ..
    :puke:

  • chris125

    Twitter just send to be changing them to change things leave it how it is twitter. This isn’t instagram, the focus is on tweets and the TL, not photos.

  • Mee

    It looks like windows 8 meets Facebook and Pinterest

  • on3simpleclick

    I quite like it (:

  • on3simpleclick

    it all makes sense now.

  • Jason Baroni

    I get sick everytime I open Twitter on my iPad. The experience is just terrible on the device. For the iPhone I use Tweetbot. The layout is not that different, but at least the experience is decent.