Twitter unveiled new profile pages that include a header image that runs across the top, similar to that of Facebook’s cover photo. Your avatar (profile picture) will now appear in the center of your header image. The new profile images on twitter are a lot like Facebook and Google + cover photos, and the process for adding them is just as simple.
In a blog post yesterday morning about the new profile pictures, Twitter Product Manager Sachin Agarwa added:
“New profiles also help you get to know people better through their pictures. Photo streams now appear below anyone’s most recent Tweets on iPhone, Android and iPad. Swipe through the stream to see the photos other users have shared or tap any thumbnail to view their photos in fullscreen.”
Take your time however… Don’t go hiring a graphic designer just yet! When was the last time you clicked on someone’s specific profile page? I rarely do! Most people just watch their news feed. However, having a standard image across social media platforms is advisable—if only for strengthening your brand image.
So, want to try it out? Here is how…
- Select the “Me” option from the left-hand menu bar. This is a new option on your twitter page.
- Choose the icon that appears in the box with your bio and avatar (profile image) called “Edit Profile”.
- On the left hand side of the page there are a number of options such as Account, Password etc. Find Design and click it. Next scroll down to “Customise your own”. Here, you can edit your “Header” by choosing from two options: “Take Photo” or “Choose Existing photo.” The former will use your device camera to take a new image. The latter lets you select from your library of images.
- Once you have an image, you can move and scale it as you please. Original image size cannot exceed 1252×626 pixels (with a max file size of 5MB). Twitter does not specify a minimum size, but anything smaller than 640 pixels wide will likely look bad.
- With that done, your new header image appears behind your avatar.
So, have you tried this new header? If so, tweet me and let me know how you got on!