New profile pages coming to all Twitter users Dec. 12

In a bid to look more like Facebook's Timeline, Twitter is updating everyone's profile pages. Unless you want a "default grey image" on your page, you might want to upload a header image soon.

Ryan Seacrest's Twitter page. Screenshot by CNET
Just a few months ago, Twitter announced a new look for its profile pages in a bid to mimic some of the visual allure of Facebook's Timeline cover photos -- though the update was only available to a subset of users.

Now the microblogging service is finally rolling out the redesign to all users. On December 12, everyone will be able to update their Twitter profiles to include a large header image across the top of the page with a smaller profile image in the center (see image above).

And no, users really don't have a choice about it -- unless they want their profile pages to look slightly off. In its blog post announcing the redesign, the company is encouraging users to upload a header image within the next couple of days so that they don't end up with a "default grey image on your page. That's not fun!"

Here's a look at a video from Twitter explaining the changes:

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Desiree Everts DeNunzio is a freelance editor and writer. She's dabbled in digital media and technology for the past decade, including stints at CNET News and Wired magazine. When she's not fiddling with various gadgets, she spends her time running after chickens and her own brood.

 

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