ICYMI: Check your Twitter feed. G’head, we’ll wait…
Notice anything missing? Like, your entire background?! While you were in an afternoon meeting or yammering by the water cooler about that one celebrated client in your PR repertoire, Twitter thought they would take that popular image of theirs out for a spin.
Your background is white, as in ‘people who clap on one and three, and smell like wet puppies’ white. All images from your home and notifications timelines are not missing — they were removed by Twitter. On purpose.And why?
“We’re removing background images from the home and notifications timelines on web for all users,” a Twitter spokesperson told Mashable. “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.”
It seems that backgrounds being removed are the equivalents of offering participation ribbons at a grade-school sports event. This from Engagdet:
Twitter is able present a cleaner more unified look to new users. It also means that there’s the chance that in the future, background wallpapers might disappear all together. So you might want to get used to the bland blueish-white background.
And so? Consult Twitter. What else?!
MY TWITTER BACKGROUND JUST TURNED WHITE WTF IT’S SO UGLY
— Mlab (@MlabMC) July 20, 2015
Hooray my Twitter background is back but then again I pretty much only use one of the default options.
— Imperator Hiraoka (@WestCoastAnime) July 21, 2015
WTF #Twitter!!!! I hate this white background. I have light sensitive eyes and need a darker background so it won’t hurt my eyes!!!!
— Jamie (@leggyorlyb) July 21, 2015
i no longer see a background while on the twitter homepage rip
— vanilla hat vii (@VanillaHatVII) July 20, 2015
So Twitter has decided to change all the profiles to a white background, the same thing Myspace did right before they went down in flames!
— DW Sin (@DW_Sin_) July 20, 2015
Twitter Probably Ditched Your Sweet Background To Make Ads Look Better http://t.co/MF3FESI73y
— Shawn Farnum (@ShawnFarnum) July 21, 2015
Hey @twitter, can you NOT blind me?? I would love to have my background back on my “notifications” page. Kthnxbye.
— Dannibal Lecter (@MrsSiebert13) July 21, 2015
Web twitter changed again, and now there’s no way to change the homepage background to be anything other than BLINDING WHITE.
— Jackson Tyler (@headfallsoff) July 20, 2015
Ugh…. what is this crap. @Twitter took away my background and gave me this bland blinding white crap. I’m so upset right now. Give it back
— Chris (@chrisgagetv) July 21, 2015
— RetroDisneyWorld (@RetroWDW) July 21, 2015
I lost my Olicity Twitter background. My page is all white & glarey. This is unacceptable, Twitter worker minions. pic.twitter.com/5Rew0HPpW2
— Smoak & Arrow (@SmoaknArrow) July 20, 2015
So we can call this experiment a great success, no?!