Twitter, the popular 140-character microblog / social network, has just updated its layout (again) and added some new features. Here's what you need to know:
- Bigger, more beautiful profile header. That's exactly what Twitter is calling their newly dimensioned (1500x500 pixels) image that can be placed at the top of your profile. This is similar to the cover photo in Facebook.
- Automatic sizing of profile photo. Per Twitter, just update your photo (recommended size 400x400 pixels) and it's automatically resized to fit.
- Pin a tweet. Again, similar to Facebook, now you can choose a single tweet to pin to the top of your Twitter profile. This is perhaps the biggest, most important change of all because it allows you to control the first impression beyond the profile design and write up. Previously, tweets simply moved down in the timeline as new tweets took first position. Now, you can choose your shining Twitter moment and feature that right up top for all to see. You can also share tweets via email and embed tweets, all from the same function bar at the bottom of each tweet.
With these new easy-to-implement options, it's probably worth checking out your Twitter profile today.