If you haven’t accesses Twitter in the past few days. The next time you do, you might get a feeling that something is missing. I will give you a hint. Look at the background. Yep! Twitter has removed the custom background wallpapers from the users, home and, notification pages, so all of that the hard work and money you may of spent with a Graphics Designer. Poof gone! And by the looks of it, many people are not too pleased with the “Blinding White” background. Though Twitter claims that has a slight blue tinge to it. Either way, their reasoning is that it is to provide a cleaner more uniform look for new Twitter users. In other words they are trying to make it easier for Twitter’s new users that are signing up to not be over whelmed with all of the different backgrounds. Of course, I didn’t know that was a problem.

A spokesman for Twitter

We are removing background images from the home and notifications timelines on web for all users. Now, background images are only available where logged-in users will see them publicly.

The Twitter Backgrounds are not fully gone

You are still able to see the background you meticulously put into place. If someone, that is not you, is logged in to Twitter, they will see the publicly visible background. The backgrounds are able to be seen in individual tweets, lists and if you use collections then the background image will be showing up there also.

So though you can still see them, don’t be surprised if somewhere down the road these last bastions of customization in Twitter silently disappear. So that twitter can improve their information network’s appearance.

The custom background wallpapers was a great marketing tool for many people. They could place more information over on the side of their newsfeed. Many people were very creative with the space, having people peering out from behind the feed or others would place whimsical pictures up. But the value of the white space WAS being used, but no more and it is like other networks Facebook and Google Plus where everyone has a white background. Therefore, I see the reason.Yes, I will miss the bad wallpapers that were often placed. But this is another reason you don’t build your house on rented land, right?

So what do you think? Did you even notice the change or are you an app user and just never even noticed the change? So what do you think of the change? Let me know in the comment section below.


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Bryan Goodwin

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Bryan has been in the social media field in one form or another. whether it is blogging, podcasting, or trying out the latest social network . There is a good chance that you will find him talking somewhere.
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