Well, the one certainty in social media is change and this week’s change – or should I say yesterday’s change – is that Twitter now allows you to add a header image to your profile page.
This brings how visitors see your Twitter profile page in line with Facebook – which made this change a few months back – and means you can brand your profile far better than in the past. Previously, you could only do this by changing the background on twitter.com. I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall ever seeing a background image that showed all the content as it was most often hidden behind the Twitter block, which I for one found annoying. Unlike Facebook’s business pages, however, you are not restricted by what you can include in the cover image (read my blog post to find out Facebook’s guidelines for cover images).
I changed my Twitter header this morning and have kept it pretty simple (as you can see below). To be consistent I added the same word cloud that I have on the Bojangle Comms Facebook business page but as it needs to be quite small to fit in the space allowed then the words are, unfortunately, currently difficult to read. Note to self: have a fiddle with the word cloud content when I have some more time. Take note, if you have too much going on in the header image then you can’t read the words in your bio which is why I kept mine blank at the bottom but used a purple background to follow through with my corporate branding colour.
If you want to change your Twitter profile header then follow these simple steps:
- Create an image and save it on your machine – the maximum file size allowed is 5MB and the minimum dimensions of the image need to be 1252 x 626.
- Either go to https://twitter.com/settings/design or if you can’t open the link, go to your profile on Twitter, click on the drop down arrow next to the wheel in the top right hand corner, click on settings, then Design in the left hand menu. Scroll down until you see the Customise your header title on the right hand side.
- Click on Change header and find the image file you created in step 1.
- Twitter allows you to move the image around a bit (click and drag on the image to get it to how you want it to appear). Once you are happy, click save, then remember to scroll to the bottom of the Settings/Design page and click Save Changes.
- You will probably have to tweek the image when you see it ‘live’ on your profile, so just repeat the steps above until you are happy.
There are going to be some great Twitter header images appearing over the next few days, weeks, months etc. Comment below and leave a link to yours for others to see … this will be a great way to get people to connect with you on Twitter.
Read what the renowned TechCrunch blog had to say about the new design – Twitter announces new design with focus on profile pages, iPad update on the TODAY show