Twitter unveils new ‘more meaningful’ profiles

Twitter has rolled out new look Twitter profiles that give users the chance to create a more “meaningful” presence on Twitter.

The new look Twitter profile was announced along with three new apps.

With new versions of Twitter for the iPhone and the Android alongside a completely rebuilt Twitter for iPad app, which has been recreated from the ground up.

The new new larger profile image, which appears under a new “Me” tab on the Twitter menus bar, sits at the top of a user’s Twitter account across mobile, tablet and web versions of Twitter and are intended to give users a much more personal feel to their profile pages.

Its a nice addition. While you have been able to customise the background of your page for years the profile image brings a more distinctive look to individual pages allowing for some personality and creativity.

“New profiles also help you get to know people better through their pictures. Photo streams now appear below anyone’s most recent Tweets on iPhone, Android and iPad. Swipe through the stream to see the photos other users have shared or tap any thumbnail to view their photos in fullscreen.

“While the header photo keeps your profile simple and consistent on iPhone, iPad and Android, you will also still have an additional photo – a background photo – on Upload a background image to complement your header and profile photos,” Twitter said in a blog post.

You can get an idea of the kind of things people are doing with their new profile pages from this one from @TODAYshow:

There some other examples here that Twitter has highlighted of how people are making use of the new look profiles from the likes of Today anchors like @MLauer@SavannahGuthrie and @AlRoker, this morning’s Today guest anchor @RyanSeacrest and NBC news accounts like @BreakingNews.

Twitter for Android and iPhone

Photo streams for profiles on the new Android and iPhone apps now display the images people have shared on Twitter. Whenever users see a photo stream they swipe left or right through the thumbnails or tap to view photos in fullscreen mode. Android users can also get closer to photos with pinch-to-zoom.

Twitter for iPad

The new version of Twitter for the iPad has all that you would expect. You can expand Tweets with a single touch to see photos, videos and web page summaries right in your timeline.

With another tap see the photo, play the video or read links from the web in fullscreen mode.