Today, many of you may finally believe in Tim Tebow. It’s no secret that he used divine intervention to bring the NFL referees back to this year’s NFL season; however, not all his miracles generate such substantial press.
Things are changing in the Twittersphere and if you haven’t taken a look into your Twitter profile mirror lately, you might want to brace yourself. Tebow has quietly made some changes to the face of Twitter. If you’re surprised to see these enhancements, you aren’t alone. The announcement was made by CEO Dick Costolo on The Today Show, without any sort of fanfare or hoopla – maybe he was equally surprised?
For those of you who missed the news or do not have a direct line to “the Man upstairs”, let’s take a quick look at what has been altered:
- Header mimics Facebook timeline
The most obvious design change is the addition of a large header picture at the top of the profile page, much like the look of the new Facebook timeline.
- Creativity inspiring profile picture placement
Your profile picture now sits squarely in the middle of your header, leaving the users’ imagination to wonder in how they decide to unite the two elements.
- More real-estate for digital media
The section that stores your uploaded pictures and videos has been given much more prominence. Over the last year, Twitter has been integrating new media qualities in order to maintain momentum with other feature-rich social sites.
These changes make your page much more visually appealing, but it’s more than just a cosmetic change that you need to thank Tebow for. The design changes have been made as part of Twitter’s new “mobile-first strategy.” It really isn’t until you see the new profile design displayed on a smartphone or tablet that you get a real appreciation for Tebow’s handy-work. Check out the new iPad app, for example.
It seems that the Almighty has finally recognized the shift in the way that people access the internet; from desktop and laptop to mobile device. Has Twitter finally found its face?
On another note, the Manhattan Messiah denies all claims that he was instrumental in resolving the NFL referee lockout or assisting in the Twitter profile enhancements – such modesty.
[Special thanks to Toby K. for the wonderful Tebow image.]