Twitter adds cover photos to user profiles and updates iPad app

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Twitter’s evolution continues and this morning CEO Dick Costolo appeared on the TODAY show to announce the platforms redesigned profiles pages.  

The desktop app now includes an option to add a cover photo, signaling that Twitter is jumping on the bandwagon Facebook started when the social network introduced Timeline Covers. You’ll also recognize from accounts like @RyanSeacrest, @TODAYShow, and @Twitter, which have already been updated with cover photos, that the profile photo sits in the middle of the image display. So expect users to get plenty creative with the new format, just like we saw with Timeline Covers at their launch. 

When you log into Twitter, you won’t notice any immediate changes, even though the update and option to add a cover photo is already available to everyone. To change your photo on Twitter’s desktop app, simply select the gear icon on the top right hand corner of the navigation bar, and select the “Edit Profile” option below your name. Then in the same location as where you would change your background image, select “Design” on the left panel navigation bar, and in the middle of the page scroll down to the section, “Customize Your Own.” The option to change your cover image falls under the selection, “Change Header,” where you can select an image to add to your Twitter profile from your computer. Twitter recommends an image that is 1252 x 626 pixels and of a file size no larger than 5MB. You’ll also recognize that the option to add a background image remains. Yes, now you can add up to three different types of images for your profile page: The background, cover photo, and profile photo.

The changes have not yet been ported to the mobile versions just yet, but Twitter did announce that updates to the iPad app are already available to download. The iPad app’s user interface is now more akin to the desktop app: The previous navigation bar’s buttons have been replaced with the four major categories you’re used to using Twitter via desktop — Home, Connection, Discover, and Me. The changes include a focus on the expanded content viewing experience that we’ve found on A major complaint from users and developers has been the inconsistency between Twitter’s proprietary products. Hopefully this is part of a larger effort to align the experience. 

During the TODAY Show segment, Costolo added that it has over 140 million users, and hosts 340 million tweets on a daily basis, but also that these updates are just the first of many “big changes” that the teams over at Twitter are going to be pushing in the coming future.