Twitter Whitewashes Its Background, Stains Its Users

Something says Twitter should take a look at its own whale.

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.change-twitter-name-1And 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?!

So we can call this experiment a great success, no?!