If you are avid Twitter user, then you must have already noticed a slight, but visually-impacting new modification to the way the website looks. The change is not something most people will be pleased to be greeted with, though. You are seeing a light-bluish tint as your background now ? Well, thats for everyone. Twitter just scraped off background customisations.
The background image service that allowed you to set customized images as backgrounds for your Twitter profile page has now been removed, replacing the previous user selected images with a neutral shade of light blue.
According to a report from Mashable, a Twitter spokesperson said:
We’re 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 (Tweet pages, list pages and collections pages). You can find help center content about customizing your design and where it’s visible on Twitter here.
Trying this out, you might see the background image initially if you have a browser in which Twitter has already been logged in. Also, if you go as far as trying to select an image to set as a background and save the changes via Edit Profile, the web portal will show you that it’s done. Going back to your profile will show you that indeed you have got a background image. But logging in from another browser where Twitter wasn’t previously logged in will get you to notice that the image is gone.
The intention of the social giant behind this new update is not quite clear but our best guess is that Twittter may want the webpages a little bit cleaner and less of a mess, and probably introduce some kind of advertising. Probably.