Late last week Twitter launched a design which features a cover photo – similar to the Facebook idea of putting a large horizontal photo across the top of your page. Also like Facebook, Twitter will keep a separate photo option for your avatar image.
After updating my own page I received several compliments but also a few questions from a few who wondered how to create the new header image.
Here’s a quick 5 Step Guide to show you how to do it:
1. After logging in to Twitter, scroll across the top and click on the icon that looks like a gear. A drop down menu will appear. Scroll down and click on ‘Settings’.
2. Move over to the menu on the left side of the page and click on ‘Design’.
Scroll down the page, past the ‘premade themes’.
3. Under ‘Customize Your Own’ click on ‘Change Header’ next to the Header box.
4. Click on ‘Choose existing image’.
5. This will bring the pop up box that allows you to browse your photo library and choose a new photo. Once you select your photo you will have the option to move a little scrollbar across the screen, cropping your photo to only show the things you want to appear in your cover photo. Then click ‘Save’.
“Note that when choosing photos you should pick something that represents you or who you are achieving to be. Rich, bold colors will really make your avatar image pop. Or, just the opposite. A cover photo with dark colors will really make an avatar with bright colors pop. You can never (almost never) go wrong with good old black and white. And you’re always safe using a landscape image of your favorite mountain, grassy knoll, cityscape or setting sun.
In my own case I chose to profile a Milwaukee skyline as I live in the area. The text in my ‘Profile Bio’ mentions that I’m located in Wisconsin, thus tying the two together.
Good luck and leave a comment when your cover photo is complete. I’d love to see what you come up with!