I love social media, and I hate it. There I said it! I hate it when changes are made to something that I figured out, especially when there doesn’t seem to be a reason or need behind that change, but it appears to be change just for the sake of change.
Such is the case with Twitter at the moment, but they (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, etc.) all do it. Like death and taxes, I guess this is just a reality.
A few weeks ago, I wrote this post: Twitter: 7 Decisions You Can Make Before Creating an Account and in that post I explained how you can upload an image for your header and a profile photo (headshot), and edit your theme colour. I carefully cropped screenshots to make it super easy for everyone to follow my instructions (technical writer’s habits die hard I guess) and I patted myself on the back thinking that anyone could now do this without any handholding.
And, then the Twitter gods decided to change it! (grumble, grumble, grumble…)
I’m not sure why the change was put in place, and I’m not convinced that it’s easier, and I’m hoping that these new directions that I’m about to give you will be current for a while at least!
So, here’s an update to the directions in my Twitter post from October:
- Select an image for your header.
The header is the long image that goes across the top of your Twitter account page that other people see.
This image should be 1500 pixels by 500 pixels and no more than 5 MBs in size. The resolution for your header image can be as low as 72 dpi (dots per inch). The lower the dpi, the smaller the file size.
Acceptable image file formats include JPG, GIF and PNG. Animated GIFs won’t work as header images.
Select something that represents you or your brand, or failing that, find something interesting or just plain nice to look at.
To add or change your header image file:
- Log into your Twitter account.
- Click on your profile picture, or if you haven’t loaded one yet, the egg photo in the upper left of your Twitter homepage where it shows with the mini version of your header image, Tweets, Following and Follower stats.
- Below the coloured banner where your header image will appear once you add one, on the right, you’ll see a button labelled Edit profile. Click on that.
- Your Twitter profile is then unlocked allowing you to change your header, profile picture and theme colour.
- Click on the camera icon where it says Change your header photo.
- Click on the blue button on the right labelled Save changes.
You are then given the option to Upload photo or Remove. Uploading a new photo will remove the old one.
Your profile photo is the picture of you that is inset on the header image across the top of your Twitter account page that other people see. It is also the photo that will appear with your tweets.
This image should be 400 pixels by 400 pixels and remember that the resolution for this image can be as low as 72 dpi (dots per inch) as well.
Acceptable image file formats include JPG, GIF and PNG. Animated GIFs won’t work here either.
It’s a good idea to use the same headshot as you’ve used for your avatar as this will increase your recognisability and works as part of your branding.
- To add or change your profile picture, follow steps 1 thru 4 above.
- Click on the camera icon where it says Change your profile photo.
- You can then upload a new photo, take a new photo( using your webcam), or remove the existing photo.
- Don’t forget to select the blue button to Save changes.
The “egg” image is the default but please don’t leave the egg in place. People ignore eggheads when they’re selecting followers because rightly or wrongly it gives the impression that you either you don’t care enough about your Twitter account to upload a picture or you haven’t a clue about what you’re doing with your Twitter account. When you’re first starting out, the latter may be true but you don’t need to advertise it. The old fake it till you make it philosophy comes into play here and remember one step at a time, right?
The instructions given in my earlier post still work but now Twitter allows you to change your theme colour through the Edit profile page.
- To change your theme colour through the Edit profile page, follow steps 1 thru 4 above.
- Click on where it says Theme colour.
The theme colour is the colour in which the numbers for the stats for your account, i.e. number of tweets, number of followers and following, appears along with anything else that is hyperlinked on your Twitter page, i.e. URLs, hashtags, other Twitter usernames posting or contained within tweets, etc.
- Make your changes and don’t forget to click on the Save changes button.
I think that about does it — for now!
If you ever notice that my instructions for something on this blog are incorrect or out of date, please let me know.
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