Twitter testing Facebook-like profile redesign

If you've used Twitter at all today, you might have noticed something different: A fairly significant redesign of your Twitter profile, in a style which is very reminiscent of Facebook.

The redesign, which was apparently rolled out to a small number of users, was first spotted by Mashable editor Matt Petronzio. In lieu of the previous 'vertical timeline' flow previously seen on Twitter profiles, this redesign capitalizes on images and new tweets and includes a monochromatic silver and white theme, with a format which TechCrunch describes as "magazine-style". 

While many have compared the design to Facebook, others are comparing it to similar websites and applications - including Facebook's flagship news reader app, 'Paper', and even Pinterest. The new profile sports a minor sidebar redesign, which minimizes the 'who to follow' and 'trends' sections - as well as a tiled theme which diverges from the previous sectional interface.

Twitter is already buzzing from talk of the redesign, and many users are noting their grievances. Considering the backlash Facebook has received from their previous site redesigns, while Twitter's new profile flow will displease some at first, it may be effective in the long run. Last month Twitter rolled out a redesign for their desktop site, inspired by Android and iOS apps, which was warmly received. Considering Twitter's recent financial woes, a site remodel may be just the thing the social media platform needs to boost performance and public appeal.

Twitter representatives have been contacted for comment.

Source: Mashable | Image via Mashable

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Aside from some needed spacing to make some objects "breathe" better, this is a welcomed redesign. Twitter is look overdue for a refresh to the UI and this makes the experience feel more whole in my eyes. For the whiners, it's basically the same content just rearranged. Plus, you have the bonus of customizing some of the look such as your BG and colors like you do now, so you can make it your own.

One thing though: I hope DMs are not marginalized as a small pop-up still. They really should give it its own screen to emphasize its usefulness and perhaps add the ability to include more recipients to compete with Instagram Direct.

I like it for a desktop view, but I'll bet that most don't actually visit the website anyway, myself included... there's an app for that.

Looks too busy and i the large fonts look stupid... come on Twitter keep some identity. The service has done a great job so far, why does it need to go wasting resources in this thing? no one will even look at it.

As a self employed individual with a growing business, Twitter has single-handedly has brought me many clients and potential leads over the past 12 months.

Competition. Why not? Twitter has/have the best chance of stealing social media market share from Facebook - a much higher chance than Microsoft (or some other large company) would if they were to start their own competing service from scratch.

Yeah, thanks but no thanks. I just want a simple list of someones tweets. I don't need four tweets to a page because their now in giant boxes.

Twitter has real usability issues but I can't even begin to imagine how this makes reading a list of someones tweets easier.

EEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The whole reason I use Twitter is for the simplicity. FB is just the opposite.

Yes - that is what twitter is all about. I unfollowed every important source on FB and followed even more on twitter. No I have to find a new source.