Twitter has upwards of 140 million users and 340 million tweets sent every, and an $8 billion valuation.

However even with it’s massive following and army of dedicated users, Twitter still has a long way to go before it can compete with a site like Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network boasts a billion users and a $100 billion stock market flotation.

Twitter however, is shedding its skin when it comes to its trademark ultra simple style and is adding changes such as its own take on the ‘cover photo.’

The ‘cover photo’ that is already well known to Facebook users, is a large mural type picture that sits at the top of your profile, allowing for further personalisation and customization of your page.

Twitter’s ‘header photo’ and the changes will be viewable when your followers visit your page via web, mobile device, or tablet.

Twitter may be seeking to mirror Facebook’s steady stream of updates that often bring the site under criticism while still maintaining the simplicity that its avid celebrity-tweeters and fans adore.

As the internet gradually moves to a more and more mobile platform, Twitter has also overhauled its apps available on the iPad and certain smart phones.

Stuart Miles of the website Pocket Lint said, “Twitter is trying to push people towards their mobile apps.

“Facebook has had cover pictures for a while, but Twitter has also had the ability to change your page – it’s just not many people used it.”

These new updates carry with them additional features, complimenting what were originally very basic applications. For example, on mobile platforms photo streams will now appear under the most recent tweets of someone you are following.

The website based changes are all moving mobile as well, such as the header photos and more options for updating your profile.

Announcing the changes on Twitter’s blog, the team said, “Starting today you can make your presence on Twitter more meaningful with new Twitter profiles.

‘Upload an all-new header photo on mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android or, and the same image will appear whenever anyone views your profile on the web or these apps.

‘You can upload your header photo, which appears above your Tweets, to express yourself instantly, anywhere.”

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