Look at it either way: its jumped the shark, or jumped (crossed) the chasm. But jumped it surely has.
The old style, which I prefer and find very functional, focuses on the content (the individual tweets)
The new style, focuses on the profile of the author itself, and not their content. Very Facebook-esque direction to focus of the persona instead of the Tweet.
They're just giving their users what they want.
tl;dr seems like a huge step back
So much wasted/unused space.
In a very short time they have taken out 3rd party apps and made their own worse (for no apparent gain on their end, the new app doesn't appear to have more ads or anything).
I can't help but think this is also a blatant attempt to copy some essence of Facebook's recent Timeline design.
Feels very 'Facebook timeline'-y to me.
That banner image takes up about 1/3 of the screen, leaving 2/3 for UI elements, actual information like follower/following and tweet count and one single tweet.
It's not only a waste of space if you are already following someone but also if you want to discover new people to start following.
What users are talking about should be the primary focus in every case - whether you are already following the user or not.
I'm curious why they didn't roll out this layout to everyone: https://twitter.com/yankees It's much cleaner.
It seems like photo sharing is strategically important to each of these companies. Anyone have any insights as to why?
But yes, sharing photos is surely one of the most important applications for such a platform. People like to keep in touch, and in the age of cameraphones and high speed Internet connections, a picture often is worth 1,000 words.