Twitter (TWTR) is testing a redesign for its profile pages that more closely resembles Facebook's Timeline pages (or for that matter, Google+ profile pages) than their current look, in which an endless chronological stream of 140-character-or-less updates takes center stage.
Among other things, photos receive plenty of screen space, tweets are shown in a much larger font size, and photo/video tweets are given a separate category.
The test comes after Twitter shares crashed in response to disappointment with the company's Q4 Timeline view and active user growth. The numbers fueled concerns Twitter and its non-stop update streams remain bewildering for many would-be users.
CEO Dick Costolo has already said Twitter is planning a number of changes to ease its learning curve. Among them: Enabling topic-based content discovery; adding more conversational tools, and allowing mobile sign-ups to quickly add users from their contact books.