Uh oh. Break out the pitchforks. Torches? Check. We have one hell of a first world problem. Twitter has decided to change the public facing backgrounds to what users are calling a ‘blinding’ white.
The company decided to get rid of custom background images on every user’s’ home and notification timeline on the web platform on Monday. Instead of the custom background, you are now greeted with white. Lots of white.
It’s not an entirely new decision. New profiles have had the design as a default since last year. Twitter never specifically said it was targeting profile background images, but the Twitter is lighting up with people angry over the new design.
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
Hey, Twitter. The #blindingwhite background is clean, boring, and not what I chose. Aside from that, it's brilliant.
— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) July 21, 2015
Ok, give the owner of SavageSin clothing credit for the MySpace dig.
Technically, your background images are not gone completely. Logged-in users will still see the custom backgrounds on individual tweets and your collections. Mobile users? Well, you never had background images to begin with. It was always ‘stark’ white.
Twitter pushed back on the criticism with a statement to Mashable.
“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).”
That’s the long-winded way of saying, relax. Go back to tweeting about Sharknado 3.
I don’t know; it seems like a push to keep things a bit more uniform. Is white the best color? Well, it works well for Instagram. And some Twitter users thought a little too highly of their non-existent photoshop skills.
Besides, the backgrounds are still there. Sort of. And blinding white? I mean it’s white but not so sure it’s blinding. You have to love our first world problems.
More children living in poverty than before the recession? Ehh, you get a shrug. Change the design of social media. You moth%#^&#, who do you think you are? We demand recourse or we rise as one in revolution…
Actually, we post snarky tweets before our collective ADD kicks in.