Over the last few months, I have started to use Twitter (follow me) more and more. I think it is a great tool to stay in touch with friends, share links and information, and meet new people. I even wrote a post explaining 13 reasons you should follow me on Twitter.
The key to being popular on Twitter is setting yourself apart from everyone else. And what better way to do that then to make a sweet Twitter background to customize your profile. I first noticed this in action when I saw Darren Rowse’s Twitter profile, which features a huge picture of his face in the background. It sure made his profile stick out.
Generic Backgrounds Are Lame
Although people are starting to create custom backgrounds, it is still early in the game. I still see a good portion of people using the generic backgrounds provided by Twitter. People may argue that it isn’t worth spending the time to create a custom one but I disagree. By spending a little time now, you can have a custom background up and running for some time to come. If you do it right the first time, you may never have to go back to edit it.
Besides, who wants to be normal? It’s the same concept as a MySpace page. People love to customize them because it sets them apart from everyone else. Which leads us to the next section…
Creating a custom image for your Twitter profile is a great way to brand yourself. This is especially useful if you have a blog you are trying to promote. By creating a custom Twitter background that relates to your blog, you can set a first impression that makes people want to find out more about you.
You can also add text your background, such as an about me section. This allows you to write a short description about who you are and what you do. You can even list your blogs below it to try and generate a little extra traffic.
And best of all, it is far easier to remember someone by placing an image in your head of that person. It’s sure easier to remember a Twitter profile with a custom image versus one using the default blue background. Who doesn’t want to be remembered?
Time To Create A Background
I have had a custom background for some time now, but my first attempt was pretty lame. So last night, I sat around in Photoshop for a little while and started brainstorming some ideas for my Twitter profile. I wanted to find a way to brand myself, promote my blog, and have it somewhat similar to the look and feel of this layout. Here is what I managed to come up with:
Pretty cool huh? Like I mentioned above, I already received a few messages from people saying they liked my background. Not to mention a few of those people are now following me.
As far as how I created it, I simply opened up Photoshop and created a new image. My resolution ended up being around 1475 x 1,554, since this was the best size to get the layout to fit the screen correctly.
So Get To Work
Even a simple Twitter background with your name, bio, and blog works better than nothing. The key is just to make something instead of the default background. The more time you spend, the better result you are going to get. If you need any help in creating a background, feel free to leave a comment or send a tweet my way.
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