Choosing a Twitter Background

Just as the icon you have showing next to your name provides constant branding in a direct way, the decor behind your Twitter page provides a more subtle branding for your message. Yes, the icon is shown with EVERY post on someone's page, while the background is only seen if someone chooses to "click through" to learn more about you. Still, when someone DOES click through, you want what they see to help promote your image.

You get to the design area where you change the background in colors by first clicking on your icon image in the top right and choosing "Settings." Then, on the left, you choose "Design," about half-way down.

You can choose from premade options here or load up your own background JPG.

If you do create your own JPG, you generally want the design just on the left hand column. If you have a "busy" image that takes up the entire background of the page, it will be hard to see. People tend to tune out confusing images. If you focus on that left hand column, which is generally 100% clear and visible, you get the most bang for the buck.

I go with nature themes on my lisashea and lisashea_hivol accounts because I love nature. That helps to show more about my personality. On my BellaOnline account, I have the name and logo to help continue the branding efforts there.

Some people suggest you put actual text in that space with URLs. Remember, that is a GRAPHIC so people can't even cut and paste that information. They would have to hand type whatever letters you put in there. In comparison your bio information on the right side is actual text and can be cut and paste. I would most definitely recommend you put any URLs in that right hand bio, so it is useful.

Still, if you wanted to have some text which did NOT need to be clicked on - for example if you wanted to put a more lengthy bio about what you are about, your background and interests, you could certainly add that information "in a graphic" on the left hand side.

No matter what graphic you choose to put up, make sure it is optimized for good web viewing and works in a variety of browser resolutions. Try changing your own monitor's resolution to a variety of sizes - 600x800, 1024x768 and so on - to make sure your page looks nice for all sorts of readers.

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