Twitter revamps its entire Web page

The site is rolling out a bigger and broader view of your tweets. But will Twitter users love or hate it?

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Twitter's new look courtesy of the First Lady's page. Twitter
Twitter is overhauling its familiar look in an effort to better show off you and your tweets.

Available as of Tuesday to a small group of Twitter users, the revamp places you and your Twitter stats right at the top of the page. You can now display a larger profile photo and customize your header. At the top of your page, you'll see the number of tweets posted, the number of photos/videos posted, the number of people you follow, and the number who follow you.

Further, you can highlight one of your own tweets by pinning it to the top of your profile page. More popular tweets will appear larger so they stand out more. And you can filter the tweets posted by other people by opting to see only tweets, tweets with photos or videos, or tweets and their replies.

In some aspects, Twitter's new look borrows a page from Facebook by displaying a huge photo at the top and and key information right below.

The new layout does represent a dramatic change for the familiar Web site. But change is not something users typically welcome with open arms. So the redesign is likely to trigger complaints from many Twitter users who are accustomed to the familiar look.

People who join Twitter will see the new layout, while existing Twitter users will receive it over the coming weeks, according to a Twitter blog post on Tuesday.

Twitter shares are trading at $43.41 in premarket trading, up 2.26 percent.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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