Twitter's new image
Twitter has redesigned its user profiles to emphasize graphics and to provide consistency across desktop and mobile platforms (they also announced new apps for iPhone and Android phones as well as the iPad). Business Insider looked at all of the changes with screenshots and went into some detail on the new mobile apps. HubSpot offered step by step instructions for updating to the new profile and Twitter itself provided its advertisers with a tip sheet to optimize brand exposure.
Reaction has been mostly positive. A Mashable poll showed that most people, but not a majority, liked the change. The resemblance to the new Facebook design is unmistakable and there is some talk that image based ads could now be more easily supported. The blog B2C wrote about one unpopular design issue -- the user's data (including the website link) are automatically printed in white over the image and can be hard to read against light backgrounds (although Twitter seems to using a slight shadow effect to make them stand out).
Twitter also seems to be taking steps to make sure that more people actually see the new profiles. Digital Trends noted that photo sharing apps are now being blocked from Twitter's API and that Twitter is becoming increasingly tough on 3rd party apps that duplicate the core functions that Twitter hopes will keep them smiling as they roll out the new profiles.