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Is Twitter the new Facebook? What to know about Twitter's new profiles

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Twitter's new look began rolling out to some users, like First Lady Michelle Obama, on Tuesday. Twitter's new look began rolling out to some users, like First Lady Michelle Obama, on Tuesday.
Those rumored changes to Twitter profiles aren't just rumors anymore.  Twitter is officially rolling out redesigned web profiles, and if you're on Facebook-- well, they might look familiar.  Many users have already caught onto the similarities, and some users who were really into the old Twitter profile look aren't loving it.

It's important to note that if you use Twitter on a mobile device, you won't see anything different.  The changes are ONLY for web profiles-- so if you visit someone else's (or your own) Twitter profile on the web, that's where you'll notice a difference once the changes are rolled out.

David Bellona, a designer for Twitter, published a blog explaining the new changes on Tuesday.  Bellona writes that the new features will make it "even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved web profile."



The overarching theme?  BIG.  The new web version of your Twitter profile will use a bigger profile picture, and allow you to customize your header (see also: Facebook cover photo?).  The placement of the cover photo and profile pic are very similar to that of Facebook.  Twitter allows you to scale and place your new header photo where you'd like it-- just like Facebook.  One important note: There isn't any real guidance on sizing for these images yet.  This is likely coming as the roll out continues.



The new Twitter look boasts a few new features you can't miss:

Best tweets - Those that have received more engagement (Facebook, anyone?)-- and the text is slightly larger, Bellona writes, to make your best content easy to find.  From the looks of these, they'll REALLY stand out.



Pinned tweets - Similar to Facebook's 'pin to top' feature, which allows you to "pin" a post to the top of your page and feature it above the new posts you're making

Filtered tweets - This new feature allows you to pick which "timeline" to view when you're viewing other profiles.  You can choose from tweets, tweets with photos/videos, or tweets and replies.

The new features are coming soon to all Twitter profiles, but have been rolled out already (beginning Tuesday) to a select group of users.  Some users included in the changes are:

@zacefron
@channingtatum
@flotus
@FloydMayweather
@JohnLegend
@weezer


New Twitter users will automatically have the new profile.  Others will see the roll out in the coming weeks.

Another noticeable change is the look of the photos section.  Again, think big.  Bigger images, and more white space:



Looking for the "followers" and "following" tabs on a profile?  They won't jump out at you.  You'll find them right next to the photos/videos tab on the new profiles, and they've got a totally different look:




The changes also push the "who to follow" and "trends" boxes to the lower right side of the page, with "who to follow" landing on top.  If you're looking for what's trending (as many people do), you'll have to scroll down a bit further.

Other interesting note via Mashable: Those eggs that used to replace your profile pics are no more.  From now on, you'll be replaced by a silhouette (very similar to Facebook's no-photo avatar) until you add a profile pic of your own.  If you're new to Twitter, click here for a great breakdown of what you'll see in the new profile setup.

What do YOU think of the changes?  Love 'em, or hate 'em?  Tweet us and tell us your thoughts @fox5newsdc, OR post your thoughts on our FOX 5 DC & MyFoxDC Facebook page.
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