Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has updated the Profile look for iOS users, and according to the company it is a major improvement. The new look for iOS 8 is quite similar to the image-heavy web profiles launched back in April that was compared to Facebook’s timeline, but in iOS 8, the apps profiles of Twitter and Facebook have nothing in common.
More attention given to Profile
“This is our biggest update to profiles to date, and we hope you enjoy what’s new,” Twitter said in a blog.
The new profile will have user’s profile photo similar to the current profile, but the background will be white allowing the photo to be more dominant. “You can see a bio as soon as you get to the profile — it’s no longer a swipe away,” the blog read.
On clicking to other user’s profile, content like tweets, photos and favorites can be seen quicker to get an idea about the person. Also, walking through someone else’s profile is now easy in iOS. The update is impressive, and Twitter for iOS looks like a decent app, but barring profiles there is not many other changes in the app for iOS. The navigation bar is still towards the bottom of the profile with options to navigate between your timelines, notifications, messages and profile.
A welcome change in Twitter for iOS 8 is Interactive Push notifications. Also, a user can reply to a favorite, retweet and follow from a notification without opening the app. The update will be available for iOS 7 users as of Thursday.
Is Twitter mismanaged?
Recently, Peter Thiel, an early investor in Facebook Inc, criticized Twitter for being highly mismanaged and underperforming, and said that there is probably a lot of pot smoking going on there. Twitter management has seen big changes ever since its inception, and the company has struggled to hold on to its executives, as well as update its products.
Thiel said, “A company like Twitter will not be enough to take our civilization to the next level. A company like Facebook is not enough to take our civilization to the next level.”
Jim Prosser, a spokesman for San Francisco-based Twitter, did not comment on Thiel’s observation. Bijan Sabet, an early investor in Twitter at Spark Capital, however, said that Thiel’s remarks are “nasty, silly and wrong.”