You need to maintain an exciting online presence to keep up with those Jones, right? The old adage is no different when it comes to the hottest social networks – only the competition’s a whole heck of a lot more fierce.
That explains why you see so many new features pop up on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and other big shot social networks on a seemingly near-weekly basis. In fact, just a few days ago, Twitter overhauled its platform yet again with some awesome new features designed to keep things edgy for users. Good news, Twitter lovers – they rock. The big winners are the new header image options for individual and business accounts and the dynamic changes to the new Discover tab.
Changing Your Twitter Account’s Header Image
Twitter lifted a page right out of Facebook’s playbook, and it’s a cool new way to give your Twitter profile page a major facelift. True, the new header images you can add to your page have shades of Google+ and Facebook timeline. However, I nevertheless think this is a fantastic new addition if you’re into the whole online “branding” thing (by the way, if you’re not… you should be). Creating and maintaining a unified online presence is the single best way to create a network of peers in your niche and build your brand.
It’s easy to insert a new header image, and people are already hacking away at their Twitter accounts to create fun new designs to spice up their profiles. Just check out these cool pages created by some staffers over at Buzzfeed.com:
The cool thing about designing your new page is that you can do it via mobile app or directly through the Twitter website. When you do it through the website, you should first head over to your account’s Design page. Once you’ve navigated there, simply scroll down until you see the section labeled “Customize your own.” Then, look for the button labeled “Change header.” From there, you can upload your own unique header image directly to your profile.
You are free to shift and scale your header image to your heart’s desire. Keep in mind, though, that the original size of the image cannot be greater than 1252×626 pixels, and the maximum size of your file must be no greater than 5 megabytes. Although Twitter doesn’t offer specifics about size minimums, most design sites are reporting that any image with a width smaller than 640 pixels will look pretty rough – so make sure to size things up before you upload.
Once you get your header image uploaded and placed in the perfect spot, you’ll see it displayed behind your avatar. As you can see from the examples above, you can go crazy with the creativity of your design – you can even get a bit silly with it. Try out lots of different ideas and styles, and check out other profiles on Twitter for inspiration before you get started.