overall, i’m into twitter’s new profile design but there is one small nagging thing- and twitter isn’t the only site where i’ve seen this implemented.
i’m not sure how i feel about the trend of enlarging certain shorter posts than others of the same post type. (based solely on number of characters) i can see the logic behind it for sure, and it does help to break up an otherwise repetitive layout. my problem though is that it seems to affect the content itself and quite literally gives huge priority to smaller, shorter statements.
when scrolling through a user’s profile, these extra large posts will surely jump out. they are quick to read and they are made larger than any other text on the page (seriously) and i think what bothers me about this is that it gives arbitrary importance and significance to these 1 sentence statements. we are also disrupting the chronological flow of the page.
and while on chronology, the difference between the new ‘pinned tweet’ feature (giving weight to a specific tweet of the user’s choosing) and the enlargement shown in the photo is that one was selecting by the user themself, with intent and purpose, and the other was programmatically determined based on character length.
so, i guess my question is:
is character length an important enough reason to change the way users take in written content?
do the shortest statements truly deserve the largest text on the page?
update: ahh thank you for the replies, i did not realize it was tied to favorites/retweets on twitter. i know on tumblr it is still length-based for viewing within the dashboard (added sshot), but there is a much greater variance of quotation length and much more variety in general within the content. on the flip side, this same weighting does not get applied to text posts, which also vary greatly in length.
at least in twitter’s case, the enlargement adds additional information and is based on something more meaningful than number of characters posted.