Having a custom Twitter background is a great idea, but it is one bit of marketing and promotional effort that few companies use. If you are on Twitter, then you really should take the time to create your own background. It isn’t as difficult as you might think either. When you have your own background, you will find some great benefits. You will be able to have a personalized background that will be able to include your contact information, photos of a product that you have, or anything that shows off more of your personality and your likes. It’s a nice chance to show how creative you are, too. Even if you aren’t promoting a business, you will be able to use this space to show off more about you!
To Tile or Not to Tile
The first thing that you are going to want to do is determine what type of background you will want to have. You could have a full single page as your background, or you could use the tiled effect to repeat the images. Different types of backgrounds may look better as either single pages or tiles. You can try both to see which one works best for you.
The Right Size
When you are preparing your image, you will want to make sure that the size you create for a full image that covers your background without tiling is 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels tall. If you are going to tile your images, then you can choose a smaller size. In addition, you want to make sure that the file size is small enough to upload properly. Keep your images to less than 800k. With a program such as Photoshop, this is quite easy. You can “Save for Web and Devices” and change the size, which will reduce the file size significantly.
You will be able to use images that you already have on your computer, or you could use photo-editing software to create an image especially for Twitter. For a business, it is usually a good idea to create an image that is right for Twitter rather than just posting any photo that you might have. Take the time to make the photo look good, add your contact information, your tagline, and make it work with your branding. You may need to tweak your design a bit to get it to work with Twitter, but you will find that it is well worth the effort.