It seems as if social media is going to the photos. You already know that Facebook allows you to add a large cover photo to your Timeline, and LinkedIn recently announced that they’ll be revamping their brand pages to include large photos. And now Twitter is jumping on the photo bandwagon and introducing banner images to users’ profiles.
Twitter has launched a new “Me” tab into the navigation, and this is where users can add a large banner image. The image will serve as a background while it also contains your profile picture, Twitter handle, real name, biography and website address in a white font. (Note that the Discover, Connect and Home tabs will keep their same design.)
If you want to add a Twitter banner image to your Twitter account, the following is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.
How to Add Twitter Banner Image
Step 1: Choose your image.
You want to choose the best image that says something about you but that also isn’t too busy, since all of your basic information will be found on the image in a white font. Twitter recommends that you choose an image that is 1200×600, but it will end up being cropped down to 520×260.
Step 2: Log into Twitter.
You will need to be logged into your Twitter account in order to add your banner photo.
Step 3: Go to Settings.
After you have logged into your Twitter account, you will need to go to the settings tab, which can be found by clicking on the sprocket-looking icon in the top right-hand corner, and then selecting Settings from the drop down menu.
Step 4: Go to Designs.
Once you are in your settings, you will want to choose Design, which will be found on the left-hand side of your screen.
Step 5: Choose Customize Your Own.
Once you’re in Design, you will need to scroll down through the page until you see the heading labeled Customize Your Own. Here, you will want to click on the button that says “Change Header”.
Step 6: Upload your photo.
A pop-up box will appear asking you to upload your photo. Follow the steps to choose your photo and start the upload process.
Step 7: Alter your photo.
Before you save your photo, you have the option of playing around with the layout of your photo so that it looks the way you want it to. Use the scroll button under your image to move your photo around until you’re happy with the way it looks.
Step 8: Save.
Once you’re happy with your photo, click the Save button in the bottom right-hand corner.
You will also need to scroll to the bottom of the Settings page and click the Save Changes button to ensure that your image has been saved correctly.
Step 9: Check it out.
Click on the Me tab in your navigation, and you will see exactly how your photo and all of your basic information look together. If you can’t read your information or don’t like the way it looks, repeat the steps to upload a new photo.
You can check out my Twitter profile @Mavtrevor to see how my Twitter banner looks and while you are at it, click the follow button. I hope you like this blog post, share with your friends and create a Twitter profile with a nice background.