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The History of Twitter in Profile Pages: 2006 to 2015

2006_11_08 Twitter Jack Profile Page

Looking at the slick impact of today’s desktop Twitter profile page, there’s little hint of the fact that the site grew out of a simple mobile text messaging app. But grow it certainly did, and with Twitter now staggeringly influential in world media, it’s fascinating to trace things right back to the humble beginnings and chart the site’s aesthetic evolution. So, in one epic post, here’s the history of Twitter, visually represented in the changing face of its profile page, from the inception year of 2006, to the time of writing. Most captures have been edited to reduce the height of the timeline, but all efforts have been made to retain the essence of the layout…

2006

Heading the post is the profile page of co-founder Jack Dorsey in its early November 2006 incarnation. Apart from the primitive look of the page, there are several points of note. Tweets were referred to as Updates, there was no total for Favorites displayed, and most interestingly, the Following total was referred to as Friends. Even today, many Twitter users and third party apps substitute the word Friends for Following, but in order to see the “Friends” terminology in official use on the profile page, you have to go right back the site’s birth year of 2006. Continue reading The History of Twitter in Profile Pages: 2006 to 2015

Change The Look of Your Twitter With Stylish

Twitter with Stylish

Whilst researching a forthcoming post about historical changes to Twitter profile pages, I was reminded that years ago, when Twitter looked rather more plain than it does today, I used to employ a Firefox add-on called Stylish to nice up my experience. I’d forgotten the name of the add-on, so I started to Google various design-related terms in a bid to find it. However, I didn’t have much luck, and eventually I had to rummage back through my personal diary to recover the info. Continue reading Change The Look of Your Twitter With Stylish

Egg Timer: The History of Twitter’s Default Profile Pic

Microsoft Twitter Account with o_O default profile pic - 2007

Ah, Microsoft, with their merry band of 9 Twitter followers, back in late 2007. At the time, as was the case with Google’s Twitter, the Microsoft account was ‘parked’, showing a distinct air of: “We might give this a go in the future“, and sporting Twitter’s once familiar sight of the classic o_O default profile pic. Continue reading Egg Timer: The History of Twitter’s Default Profile Pic

How To Find a Twitter User’s Join Date When It’s Not Displayed

You’ve probably noticed that some Twitter accounts display a ‘Joined’ date on the profile page, just below the bio and location/website details. You can see that whilst my @Twirpz account doesn’t show the join date…

Twirpz Twitter

… This @Meetaplex account does… Continue reading How To Find a Twitter User’s Join Date When It’s Not Displayed