Twitter announced Thursday it would launch redesigned timelines for users, which would let them embed profiles, lists and collections, and feature a clean and modern design. The micro-blogging platform said the upgrade would be rolled out across platform starting March 3.
In an official blog post, Twitter said the new timeline would bring several changes like removal of the "hide media" option, which would enable media embedded within tweets to be expanded by default, and feature in-line sharing on every tweet for easy retweeting.
"On March 3, we'll update the embedded timeline to better showcase the stories you tell with Tweets. The new timeline features a clean, modern design which showcases expanded photos, videos, GIFs, and more," Jacob Harding, senior software engineer at Twitter, wrote in the company's official blog. "It's fully responsive, and it includes support for several new media types, including polls."
Despite the upgrade, all timelines would maintain current sizing and customisation preferences, the company said.
Rumours about Twitter bringing about change to its timelines have been circulating for months now. Earlier this month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey denied rumours of an algorithmic change in Twitter's live timelines that would make it look Facebook.
"Twitter is live. Twitter is real-time. Twitter is about who & what you follow. And Twitter is here to stay! By becoming more Twitter-y, (sic)" Dorsey had said at the time.
The upcoming change in Twitter's timeline will give publishers and developers better control in how tweets around specific conversations can be featured. The embedded timeline showcases Twitter stories to more than 1 billion unique visitors each month, the social networking platform said.