Love Twitter, but wish it looked more like Facebook, Pinterest or Google +? Of course you don't. But too bad! The social network is testing a redesign that brings the 140-character message feed in line with the look and feel of its social brethren.
The redesign, as it appears to a small sample of users who began to see the new look on Tuesday, takes an individual user's header photo and stretches it across the top of the page, much like Facebook's "cover photo." Likewise, profile pictures are bigger in size and shifted to the side, and users can now more easily sift through tweets that contain photos and video, which overall seem to get a lot more emphasis on the page. Mashable, an early spotter of the change, wrote that pretty much every tweet appears larger now, too. And at least some profile pages no longer use an entirely vertical feed, with tweets appearing two across down the page.
Wire fellow Eric Levenson is one of the users seeing a new profile design on Tuesday — although his tweets still appear in one vertical column down the page. Based on his feed, it looks like some Tweets appear bigger than others. That could indicate that the new design will, like Facebook, more heavily feature tweets with higher levels of interaction with other users, as opposed to treating each message equally. But with our very small sample size, it's not easy to tell if that's what's really at play here:
Twitter just launched a previous redesign of the site's homepage to all users, and it looks like it's just testing the new pages, for now. The company has a history of testing tweaks to the site that never go live, so this doesn't mean the site has committed to the new look. When asked by the Verge about the apparent new A/B design test today, Twitter declined to comment.